Ft Sam Houston
Ft. Sam Houston, referred to simply as “Fort Sam,” was named after the first president of the Republic of Texas, General Sam Houston. Considered a National Historic Landmark, Fort Sam was home to Dwight D. Eisenhower when the attack was made on Pearl Harbor, and its oldest structure, the Quadrangle, once housed the Apache leader, Geronimo. Today, the base serves as command headquarters for the United States Army North, the United States Army South, the Army Medical Command, the Army Medical Department Center and School, and the Medical Education and Training Campus.
Ft Sam Houston Neighborhoods
Situated just north of downtown San Antonio, between highway 281 and interstate 35, personnel stationed at Fort Sam often choose to live in some of San Antonio’s older and more charming neighborhoods such as Alamo Heights, Lincoln Heights, Terrell Hills, Northwood, Mahncke Park, Oakwell Farms, and Olmos Park. In addition to the base school, San Antonio ISD, and the highly rated Alamo Heights ISD, the Fort Sam Houston area is home to some of San Antonio’s most distinguished private schools, such as San Antonio Academy, St. Mary’s Hall, Incarnate Word, and St. David’s Episcopal.
Ft Sam Houston Parks and Recreation
With its proximity to downtown San Antonio, there are a variety of off post sites worth visiting. Just a few blocks over from the base you can find the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Country Club, Olmos Park, and Brackenridge Park. Just a stone’s throw from the Brackenridge driving range and golf course, you can take the family on a visit of the San Antonio Zoo and the Japanese Tea Gardens next door; then hop on over to the newly developed River Walk extension and grab a bite to eat at Pearl Brewery before taking a barge ride into the heart of downtown San Antonio.