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While the Alamo is the main attraction in the downtown area, the surreal Buckhorn Museum , 318 E Houston St (Sun-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri & Sat 10am-6pm; $8.99), takes a pleasingly kitsch look at Americana. During San Antonio's heyday as a cowtown, cowboys, trappers and traders would bring their cattle horns to the original Buckhorn Saloon in exchange for a drink. The entire bar has been transplanted to this downtown location, which boasts an extra floor of exhibition space and has thousands of horns on display.
La Villita ("little town"), on the River Walk opposite Hemisfair Park, was San Antonio's original settlement. It is now a National Historic District, turned over to a dubious "arts community" consisting mostly of craftshops (daily 10am-6pm). It's at its best off-season or at dusk, when the crowds dwindle and the muted colors, smells and noises are more evocative of earlier times. In contrast, the 25-block King William Historic District southwest, between the river and S St Mary's Street, contains the elegant late nineteenth-century homes of German merchants.
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