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by admin on November 29, 2011

EAGLE FORD SHALE… continues to prove positive for San Antonio and surrounding areas!
The hottest spot for San Antonio-area job growth is a slice of South Bexar County where Loop 1604 runs in two narrow lanes and the nearest businesses on intersecting Interstate 37 are truckstops and fireworks stands.

Last week, oilfield services giant Halliburton Co. broke ground near that intersection on a $50 million operations center that will house 1,500 workers. The facility is one of four sprouting up in the area — all by major oilfield-services companies working in the Eagle Ford Shale.

HOT WELLS – San Antonio, Texas … History in the Re-Making

South Side leaders are seeking to redevelop the Hot Wells resort, a once popular destination with a history that dates back to the 1800s but which has been left in a state of ruin for decades.

Some History…

In 1909, Southern Pacific railroad tycoon E. H. Harriman made an extended visit to the Hot Wells resort to recover from ill health, and he built a side track to the site to accommodate his private railroad cars. He did not recover and passed away in September of that year, but the rail spur enabled rich and famous visitors from all over the country to be delivered to the resort’s doorstep. Some, such as Sarah Bernhardt, brought their own private railroad cars.

In 1910 and 1911 the property was home to the Star Film Company, a movie studio that made 71 films in San Antonio including the first about the battle of the Alamo. Several other film companies filmed early silent westerns in the area and used the hotel and bath house for their studios. During this time, the resort was in what may retrospectivally be called its “heyday.”

In 1990 archaeologists noted the remains of a previously unrecognized

San Antonio Business Journal for articles on these topics…

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