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  • Writer's pictureMichael T. Berger, MBA

Inside410 Historical Marker Love - Guenther's Upper Mill

These markers surround us because we live in a community steeped in history and culture. We are sometimes so inundated with what we have in front of us that we end up not taking a minute to enjoy the past that has so enriched our lives and gives our city such a unique and wonderful spirit.

Marker Text:

Trained as a millwright in his native Germany, Carl H. Guenther (1826-1902) started his San Antonio operation in 1859 at the site of the present Pioneer Flour Mills. In 1868 he built another dam and mill upstream at this location. Because it was closer to town, the upper mill was an outlet for products from both plants. About 1900 the Guenther family began operating exclusively from the downstream facility. The vacated upper mill housed a macaroni factory, an ice cream company, and later a garage. In 1926 the structure was razed to widen the San Antonio River.

Aluminum 27 x 42 Subject Marker

Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4808.)

Location. 29° 24.958′ N, 98° 29.616′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street north of East Arsenal Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the San Antonio River Walk, in Washington Street Park, north of the Arsenal Street

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