January 14 in San Antonio history…

1888
Herman Kampmann is putting in a fine $4,000 hydraulic elevator at the Menger Hotel. It will be completed in a few days. The Menger is “getting there” very fast under his management.

1974
San Antonio drivers are dismayed as the speed limit drops to the federally-mandated 55 mph at one minute after midnight.  The limit will remain at the “double-nickel” until Congress lifted all federal speed limit controls in the November 28, 1995, National Highway Designation Act, returning all speed limit determination authority to the states effective December 8, 1995.

1980
Work begins on the construction of a concrete bridge to replace the old wood and steel New Braunfels Avenue Bridge.  The bridge serves as a major avenue for vehicle and pedestrian traffic to and from Fort Sam Houston and has been regarded as a firetrap since 1953.

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