Introduction to Pleasanton, Texas
Pleasanton, Texas, in Atascosa county, is 31 miles S of San Antonio, Texas. The city has a population of 8,266.
Situated at the juncture of the Atascosa River and Bonita Creek, Pleasanton was founded in 1858 and named the county seat of Atascosa County. It was established because the former county seat at Amphion moved due to conflicts with the Indians. The region was named Pleasanton after John Pleasant, an early settler. Also known as the "Birthplace of the Cowboy", Pleasanton had a growing population of cowboys around the 19th century primarily to ward off attacks from the Indians.
Pleasanton and Nearby Attractions
- San Antonio Zoo
- Cowboy Museum
- Spanish Governor's Palace
- Guadalupe River State Park
Things To Do In Pleasanton
The Alamo is a prominent historic site where a small group of Texans resisted the army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna for more than 13 days. Pleasanton has several other historic sites such as Casa Navarro State Historic Site, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and the Spanish Governor's Palace which was built around the mid 18th century. Historical artifacts reflecting the life and art of the region are displayed at Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art and Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum. The latter displays art from 19th and 20th century featuring artists like Picasso, Gauguin, Rodin Matisse, O'Keeffe and Hopper. Nearby parks include San Pedro Park, Palmetto State Park, Guadalupe River State Park and Hill Country State Natural Area which provide opportunities for canoeing, swimming, tubing, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, backpacking, fishing and picnicking.
San Antonio International Airport provides air transportation.
Pleasanton Higher Education
Northwest Vista College, Oblate School of Theology, Our Lady of the Lake University, Palo Alto College, and Saint Mary's University of San Antonio are some colleges that are near Pleasanton.