Brackenridge Park, Reptile Farm (demolished) – San Antonio TX

City:
San Antonio, TX

Site Type:
Education and Health, Parks and Recreation, Museums, Zoos

New Deal Agencies:
National Youth Administration (NYA), Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Completed:
1937

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Site Survival:
No Longer Extant

Description

The Reptile Farm had originally opened in 1933 in close proximity to the Witte Museum. It would move twice before coming to this final location in 1937 when permanent stone structures replaced the temporary structures made of planks, barbed wire and old sheet metal. The NYA assisted museum employees in constructing the large tank and surrounding snake houses.

It is on the edge of the Witte Museum property which is in the boundaries of Brackenridge Park. The Reptile Farm was a huge success from the time it opened. Attendees paid a dime to walk through the amphitheater-like enclosure to view snakes, turtles and alligators. Proceeds from the exhibit were credited with keeping the Museum open during the Depression.

The Reptile Farm was closed in 1975. The structures remained standing at the edge of the museum’s property for many years and were even cleaned up in the early 2010s. By Summer 2016, however, the remains had been removed to make room for the museum’s expansion.

Source notes

https://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/directory_brackenridge.aspx The 2011 nomination form for Brackenridge Park to the NRHP features the Reptile Farm on page 8 and 67 and a photo and newspaper article from the San Antonio Light November 11, 1939 are shown on page 108.

Site originally submitted by Elizabeth Hilburn on November 9, 2013.

Location Info


3801 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Location notes: Address is for the Witte Museum.

Coordinates: 29.4617383, -98.46731

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