April 1 in San Antonio history…

1923
Linda Condon of Boerne is selected as the winner of the contest to name the new hotel under construction at Main, Travis and Flores streets.  The new hotel is to be managed by Percy Tyrrell.  Here’s what she wrote: “Tyrrell, please look no further. No need to hesitate; I am sending to you, mister, a name I think is great. By patriotism, yes, I am prompted, also the cash, you see; So, please be a good fellow – WOAI broadcast – The Robert E. Lee.”  For her winning submission, Linda receives $100.

1947
The San Antonio Transit Company begins putting into service their new fleet of 50 air-conditioned city buses.  The Alamo city is the first city in the world to have air-conditioned metropolitan buses.  They even offer free rides on a downtown loop between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

1949
A photograph of the Goodyear blimp moored to the Transit Tower is shown on the front page of the San Antonio Light.  It’s just an April Fool’s joke.  The blimp is in San Antonio for a week but it is being kept at Municipal Airport.

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