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Old 06-30-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Hi
Im from Romania and i inheritded thousands of coins, among them is one token as in picture.
If anyone could help me with details.

Thank you and sorry for my english.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Wow! How cool is that. McCreless Mall was the second giant mall to open in San Antonio. the first was Wonderland mall a few years earlier. In front of the mall stood a giant letter M with a small c in the upper right hand corner of the M. Thus the mall took on the nick name "The Big M". We would watch the progress of the construction of the mall every day as we drove by the mall on our way to school. I was 9 years old when the mall opened in 1962. Many Saturday afternoons were spent hanging out with my friends at the mall planning activities and learning of parties and things going on. Sadly the mall was torn down several years ago to make way for a huge shopping complex. They gave those coins out at the grand opening I believe. I am sure mine is lost and gone forever. I remember they also dumped huge amounts of play money out of helicopters in the neighborhoods surrounding the mall. If you found one you could redeme it for a copter ride around the mall. How great it is to see one ofter all these years. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:49 PM
 
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Default Snappy,

Was that Forbes Elementary you are writing about ?
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Wow! How cool is that. McCreless Mall was the second giant mall to open in San Antonio. the first was Wonderland mall a few years earlier. In front of the mall stood a giant letter M with a small c in the upper right hand corner of the M. Thus the mall took on the nick name "The Big M". We would watch the progress of the construction of the mall every day as we drove by the mall on our way to school. I was 9 years old when the mall opened in 1962. Many Saturday afternoons were spent hanging out with my friends at the mall planning activities and learning of parties and things going on. Sadly the mall was torn down several years ago to make way for a huge shopping complex. They gave those coins out at the grand opening I believe. I am sure mine is lost and gone forever. I remember they also dumped huge amounts of play money out of helicopters in the neighborhoods surrounding the mall. If you found one you could redeme it for a copter ride around the mall. How great it is to see one ofter all these years. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yes, I went to Forbes thru 1-5 grade then transfered to CC Ball. From there to Connel and then to Highlands.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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Wow! How cool is that. McCreless Mall was the second giant mall to open in San Antonio. the first was Wonderland mall a few years earlier.
I thought North Star was the first mall (1960), followed by Wonderland (1961), then McCreless (1962). I think the Handy-Andy at Wonderland was initially built as a standalone store in 1959, then the mall was complete two years later.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I thought North Star was the first mall (1960), followed by Wonderland (1961), then McCreless (1962). I think the Handy-Andy at Wonderland was initially built as a standalone store in 1959, then the mall was complete two years later.
You may be right. It was a long time ago. They all opened about the same time relativley speaking. It was over 50 years ago.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:21 AM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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You may be right. It was a long time ago. They all opened about the same time relativley speaking. It was over 50 years ago.
"Over 50 years ago? No one was alive back then!"

Seriously though, that is a very cool find! Correct me if I'm wrong, but nothing remains of McCreless now, right?
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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"Over 50 years ago? No one was alive back then!"

Seriously though, that is a very cool find! Correct me if I'm wrong, but nothing remains of McCreless now, right?
Well, Mr. McCreless was a developer in the 50's & 60's in San Antonio and made quite a mark on the South East side of San Antonio so the name will not fade into history anytime soon. His developments included neighborhoods, an early strip mall and the McCreless Mall celebrated by the token above. The site of McCreless Mall is now the site of an HEB Plus, The McCreless Cinemark, many retail stores and eating establishments. Just outside the border of the site is the McCreless Branch Library which has been recently renovated. I'm not sure if the McCreless family still owns any of the property outright but I would suspect that they still have some interest if the name is still being used. Mr. McCreless was a fine man with a vision and the smarts and the money to make it happen. It was a great neighborhood back in the day. The construction of IH37 changed it dramatically but it's still not a bad place. Many of the original home owners are still there. Very elderly but still there.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: the 50s and the 60s
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I thought North Star was the first mall (1960), followed by Wonderland (1961), then McCreless (1962). I think the Handy-Andy at Wonderland was initially built as a standalone store in 1959, then the mall was complete two years later.
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Wow Mud thanks for all the articles. Great stuff. I don't think I have ever seen these.
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