The San Antonio River and the Las Olas Riverwalk Controversy

The source of the San Antonio River, a major waterway in Texas, is a series of springs originating about four miles north of the center of town, running southeasterly 240 miles until it ends at its mouth, the Gulf of Mexico.

Banks of the San  Antonio River.

Banks of the San Antonio River.

River Walk runs approximately one level down from automobile street level, paralleling the San Antonio River with shops and restaurants open morning, noon, and night.

Long, slender riverboats filled with passengers run the same time periods providing transportation to tourists with access to the various major hotels lining the River Walk as well as openin shop for  extended periods of time with entrance at the level of the streets adjoining River Walk for workers who must work extended hours.

San Antonio River Walk brings stores, offices, and theaters one floor below street level

San Antonio River Walk brings stores, offices, and theaters one floor below street level

At the beginning, something of a legal war began when both the City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and San Antonio, Texas sought exclusivity of one service mark over another in the use of the words “River” and “Walk”.  A compromise was reached when San Antonio agreed to use just the words “River” separated by a space and “Walk”, while Ft. Lauderdale agreed to use “Las Olas Riverwalk”.  The legal wars were over practically before they began.

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