National Geographic : 1961 Feb
El Paso, situated out at the "extreme end of nowhere," remained about the same for dec ades. But in the past ten years it has been growing fast (page 170). The same is true of the other western centers - Midland, Odessa, Abilene, Amarillo, and Lubbock (page 168). The opening of the vast oil and gas reservoir of the Permian Basin has had something to do with it; irriga tion has helped in spots; new factories have come in; educational institutions have sprung up; airfields are everywhere; and the old backbone of life there, the cattle industry, remains stronger than ever. For many years San Antonio was the larg est Texas city; it has long since been passed, but it has been growing of recent years with vigor on all fronts. Long known as the "mother-in-law of the Army," it increases its defense activities every year (page 162). And every other type of business is gaining. Moreover, the city has a charm that sets it apart from anything else in Texas. Its old missions, its quaint houses, its restoration of a Spanish village known as La Villita, and its startlingly beautiful residential sections are all worth looking at time and again. One element in the flavor of San Antonio 185 KODACHROMESBY BARRY C BISHOP OPPOSITEF. ABOVE AND NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERB. ANTHONY STEWART© N.G.5 .