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Pioneer Flour Mills

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1913 mill; 1922 grain elevator. 129 E. Guenther St.

Across the river from the King William District stands one of the oldest businesses in San Antonio. Founded in the late 1850s by Carl H. Guenther, the mills have remained in operation. The present complex consists of the reinforced-concrete and brick mill building and the towering grain elevator that was added in 1922. The grain elevator is the most distinctive element, with its castellated tower, perhaps recalling the image of a Rhine castle for the Guenther family, who still run the company.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Pioneer Flour Mills", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 166-166.

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