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  • Writer's pictureChristina Mantas

Snack with 1,250 Roughriders

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Stepping into history, is a way of life, in San Antonio; we largely do it without thinking.

When you start your morning at O'Casey's Boutique Inn, you and your family, become part of that journey.

Do any of your children struggle with connecting to presidential history? Wander next to the Alamo, into the Menger Hotel, there's a corner that has been unchanged since 1887.

The Menger Bar is family friendly, has a menu of appetizers and a full-bar, as well as being home to an exhibit on Teddy Roosevelt and the Roughriders.

In 1898, a young Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, set up an enlistment table here, and somehow managed to sign up 1,200+ young men to be in the 1st United States Volunteer Calvary: The volunteers were miners, hunters, ivy leaguers, prospectors, cowboys, sheriffs, and former military; and the future president's biggest struggle, wasn't so much recruiting, but figuring out who to turn away,

The bar it's self holds no more than 50 people. Where did the men line up? The dark wood keeps much of it's secrets.

Theodore Roosevelt would go on to become the 26th President of the United States. He was the first president to ride in a submarine, fly in an airplane, own an automobile, have a phone, win a Nobel Peace Prize, and is the only President to have received the Medal of Honor.

Step outside the Menger Hotel, and into the bright Texas sun, and you'll see a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt, on horseback. Though we at O'Casey's Boutique Inn generally recommend locally owned spots, The Rainforest Cafe is a short walk away, on the Riverwalk, and perfectly encapsulates Teddy Roosevelt's spirit of adventure.

We'll see you back at O'Casey's Boutique Inn when the day is done.

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