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COMANCHE LOOKOUT PARK

Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, Texas

The tower has been the subject of conjecture for many years. Despite the name, the structure was never a 19th century lookout. The rock structure wasn’t constructed until sometime after 1923. The mountain was most certainly a vantage point used by both Apaches and Comanches.

At 1,340 feet above sea level, it is the fourth highest elevation in Bexar County.

A Walk Through Comanche Lookout Park

Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, February 2008
Comanche Lookout, San Antonio, Texas
Photographer's Note:
Comanche Lookout in San Antonio


I used to play here on this hill when I was a kid. Of course back then, it was not a park or anything, and I used to actually climb up on that tower! We had to fight back the bramble and thorns, but it was always fun.

Now, it is a San Antonio park/hiking trail complete with wheelchair access trails. The trails are full of scenery itself as well as the views of the land from atop of the hill. - Stephen Michaels, February 2008
Comanche Lookout plaque, San Antonio, Texas
Comanche Lookout in the fog, San Antonio, Texas
Approaching Comanche Lookout, San Antonio, Texas
Comanche Lookout tower, San Antonio, Texas
Comanche Lookout tower, San Antonio, Texas
Comanche Lookout hiking trail, San Antonio, Texas
Birds nest in Comanche Lookout Park, San Antonio, Texas
Structure remains in Comanche Lookout park, San Antonio, Texas
Trail leading to Comanche Lookout, San Antonio, Texas
Comanche Lookout park road, San Antonio, Texas
Comanche Lookout park map, San Antonio, Texas
Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, February 2008
The site once comprised 1,476 acres and was owned by one James Conn in 1847. The property changed hands a number of times after that. One notable owner was Mirabeau Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas. Lamar’s deed referred to the property as “the hill known as Comanche Lookout." Lamar’s heirs owned the property, but never occupied the site.

In 1890, two German immigrant brothers (Gustav and Adolph Reeh) bought the land and farmed it until Adolph died. Gustav sold part of the property in 1923 to Colonel Edward H. Coppock , U.S. Army, (Retired).

Col. Coppock, an incurable romantic, started building a European-style compound with the help of his two sons and a stonemason named Tarquino Cavazos. Construction came to an end in 1948 when both Coppock and Cavazos died. Foundations and (perhaps) a smaller tower and staircase were bulldozed when a new owner purchased the site from Coppock’s sons in 1968.

After numerous changes in ownership, the site was acquired by The Resolution Trust Corporation in 1990. A preservation group called Save Comanche Lookout was formed and the City of San Antonio purchased the lookout to be a hiking trail and city park.

Source: San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department official website.


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