July 18 in San Antonio history…

1891
Lt.  J. S. Bullis – noted dashing cavalryman – is rumored to be engaged to a San Antonio girl.  The taciturn soldier, however, has not made an announcement.

1970
“The Great (Little) Train Robbery:” Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park’s miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.
As of 2012, this is the last train robbery in San Antonio.

1981
A cable broke on one of the elevators servicing the Tower of the Americas, stranding 27 people about halfway up the 750-foot structure.  Passengers were rescued by firemen who reached them through large portholes in the tower shaft and the elevator’s emergency hatch.  They were escorted down through an interior stairwell.

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