Hitchcock’s “The Birds” comes to life in San Antonio

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Lions and Tigers and Grackles…..Oh my!

We were a little intimidated by the number of black birds surrounding us on a recent visit to a grocery store in San Antonio. The birds were grackles, which do not look threatening  unless there are thousands of them.IMG_20151114_174749037

IMG_20151114_173930803_HDRTo get a feel for our experience here is a short video. I don’t think a scarecrow would stand a chance with this group of birds!

 

What’s in a name? Quite a bit, if you were a Buffalo Soldier.

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Years before the Tuskegee Airmen served our country in World War II, notable African Americans served in the west with the US military. After the Civil War, African Americans distinguished themselves as great warriors. Native Americans called these Union cavalrymen, Buffalo Soldiers, because of their fearless fighting, stamina and, some believe, because their hair was similar to that on the buffalo. IMG_5050

IMG_5041Buffalo Soldiers of the ninth and tenth cavalry and the 24th and 25th infantry were stationed at Fort Stockton, Texas to protect travelers from San Antonio to El Paso.
There is a great little museum (nominal fee) about Fort Stockton and the Buffalo Soldiers. It will be difficult to find the fort because there were no walls around the buildings. IMG_5092

A few of the original buildings remain.IMG_5054IMG_5064
In addition to the fort, you can stop by the visitors center and see several historical buildings in town. IMG_5026This unique historical outpost is easy to visit because it is right off Interstate 10.