National Geographic : 1961 Feb
KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERB. ANTHONY STEWARTV) N.G.S . Plump Emperata carrots spill into a crate near Weslaco in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, where harvesters work in February sunshine. Summer will find the same field white with cotton. Irrigation does the work of rainfall in the semiarid valley, whose sluices serve half a million acres. Some plots yield three crops a year. is the influence of Latin-American culture the long and definite shadow of Spain.* But this background does more than lend color to the city. Latin-American names may be found in the rolls of high city and county officials in increasing numbers. Here the descendants of two great peoples have found a workable way of living together. On one side of the entrance to the main library in San Antonio is a bust of Shakespeare; on the other, a bust of Cervantes. As for Austin, the State capital: It has, as always, the State university, eight State insti tutions for the ill and handicapped, the seat of the State government, and the service in dustries necessary to support these. But it, too, is growing; new businesses have moved in, and the residential areas, particularly in the hills above the city on the Colorado River, have blossomed-usually, though not always, in a way to delight the observer. In this business of building houses-in deed, of architecture generally-Texans are not without a certain inventiveness and orig inality. Many of the newer buildings in Texas-and this includes bank buildings, mansions, ranch houses, and even the more modest dwellings - show the hand of skilled, practical, thoughtful, and sometimes bold architects. A slow drive through the more attractive sections of any of the larger cities will show how a few of the better points of the old have been combined with newer con cepts of living. *See "Carnival in San Antonio," by Mason Suther land, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, December, 1947.