November 4, 2019
Retracing Lena Huppler Bevers’ Travel Log
Tues. Nov. .
Left New Braunfels and drove through Solons, Comal, Selma, Fratt and San Antonio. Ate dinner there and stayed about 3 hours, while Mr. McElhany fixed the car and we waited for a telegram from Harding. Left there and drove through Elmendorf, Saspanaco, Calaveras, and stayed all night in Floresville. Had fairly good roads. – Lena Bevers
This morning my mother and I began the day by driving to Gruene, which is not far from New Braunfels. We had not gone there yesterday because we passed by too late in the evening. Gruene is a small community, but has a very attractive historic area.
Through Solms and Comal we drove on a road that was at one time the Camino Real or King’s Highway, and we located an historical marker that was placed on the highway in 1918. A plaque at Comal gave additional information about the road, calling it the Post Road. Perhaps Lena and Herbert and their family were driving on this road. Shortly after leaving Comal, we had to get on Interstate 35 to continue our drive. Selma and Fratt are suburbs of San Antonio.
Lena wrote in her travel log that Mr. McElhany had to have his car fixed in San Antonio and they also had to wait for a telegram. Although it is not known whether the two automobiles drove into the center of San Antonio when they were passing through, my mother and I decided to visit The Alamo before proceeding south. In the article below about San Antonio, The Alamo is cited as the heart of the city in 1920.1
Between San Antonio and Floresville, there were three small towns. None of them had historic areas that we could identify.
- Automobile Blue Book Publishing Company, The Official Automobile Blue Book 1920, vol. 7 (New York: Automobile Blue Book Publishing Company, 1920): 690, 692-3, https://ia601208.us.archive.org/26/items/case_gv1024_a92_1920_v_7/case_gv1024_a92_1920_v_7.pdf.
- Bird’s-eye view showing the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas (ca. 1920), http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txpstcrd/Towns/SanAntonio/Alamo.jpg.
- The Alamo, built 1718, San Antonio, Texas, http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txpstcrd/Towns/SanAntonio/SanAntonioAlamo50.jpg