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Recollecting memories of Hemisfair Plaza
By Holly Deaton
There was an article in the San Antonio Express-News recently about the new renovations that are planned for Hemisfair Plaza. This brought back many wonderful memories of the time that the plaza was being built.
At that time, my parents, Hallard “Jug” and Hazel Wilson owned and ran the San Antonio Key Service. The business was on a corner area of then-Losoya Street, and from there you could see the construction of the Tower that was being built. My daddy was the first businessman to go up in that elevator, which was nothing but wooden planks put together for the construction workers to use. He was hired to do all of the lock work needed for the soon-to-be observation tower and later a restaurant. He would come back just beaming at the excitement of going up and down on that elevator. He thought it was a little scary, but yet a thrill.
I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and I remember going to the plaza with my mother when it opened and it was just awesome to see what had been done there, with the above subway ride, the many exhibits, the food, etc., and oh the heat! I know that they had a wonderful Red Cross Center, because I fainted that day and they took great care of me.
I still have the Hemisfair necklace that Daddy bought for me and as with all things from my daddy, I will cherish it always.
San Antonio has grown so since my time of growing up in Daddy’s shop, but the memories I have will be forever in my heart, and I hope the new makeover will make people as happy as I was so long ago. Memories are so precious for all of us and maybe one day there will be someone else that will have those memories, for these are what dreams are made of.
Holly Deaton is a resident of Floresville.
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