Traveling on Fredericksburg Road: 120 Years in 12 Miles

Fredericksburg Road is a living, physical timeline of San Antonio’s history. Originally developed in the 1840s as a route to the Texas Frontier, the arterial has been used for exploration, military transit and commercial transportation. Essentially, Fredericksburg Road is an urban timeline that chronicles the physical expansion of San Antonio from colonial outpost to today’s modern sprawling and vital city. During the Spring 2013 semester, graduate students from the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, under the guidance of Professor Ian Caine, studied Fredericksburg Road in order to document San Antonio’s expansion and its links to North American suburbia. With an eye on architecture and land use, the students gathered information on building typologies, residential densities and lot sizes, along with historic events that took place along Fredericksburg Rd.

The result is a timeline drawn on a scale image of the road’s, historic images, and a series of oral histories from local residents and business owners. The oral histories can be viewed below.

"Traveling on Fredericksburg Road: Oral Histories" was filmed, edited, and produced by Dr. Sarah Gould, Lead Curatorial Researcher at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures.


To learn more about the project, visit the links below:

Project Description: Traveling on Fredericksburg Road

Photo Gallery: Traveling on Fredericksburg Road

New York Times: On the Road

Texas Public Radio: Ian Caine discusses Fredericksburg Road Exhibit

San Antonio Express-News: ITC Exhibit shows Fredericksburg Road through the years