October 31 in San Antonio history…

1874
The bell for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church arrives from Troy, NY.  It was cast from a cannon at the Alamo at the expense of Samuel A. Maverick.

1967
In the process of lifting the tophouse to the top of the Tower of the Americas structure, three steel lifting rods snapped halting the process.  Elmer Joiner, project engineer, said that if one more rod had broken, the whole tophouse structure would have fallen to the ground crushing as many as ten men.  In the meantime, seven giant cranes have been brought in to support the tophouse while the lifting rods are being replaced.

1975
City councilman Al Rohde proposes a three-to-five year plan for improvments to Brackenridge Park.  He explains that the park has not had a major landscaping and facelifting job since its creation in 1899.  His plan, which could cost as much as $3 million, calls for parking lots in peripheral areas to cut down on traffic in the park, reduction by half of paved areas already in the park, more mini duck ponds, fountains, park benches and tables, a roller skating rink and a swimming pool; better lighting, more bike and foot trails and a culture center.

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