Aquarena, Rogers family launch effort to preserve glass-bottom boats
Texas State University-San Marcos alongside the A.B. Rogers family are working to ensure that the elegant, handmade, glass-bottom boats that have toured the Aquarena since the middle of the 20th century will remain in service for decades to come.
The family of A.B. Rogers, founder of the original Aquarena Springs Resort in 1928, will publish a book chronicling the history of the resort with royalties from its sales going to aide in preservation and maintenance of the original boats.
"The glass-bottom boats were an integral part of Aquarena from its inception. They have always provided a way for people to really appreciate the beauty of the San Marcos River," said Doni Weber, great-granddaughter of A.B. Rogers. "I am thrilled that the Aquarena Center continues to use the boats today for that purpose, but I know the preservation of these boats takes tremendous resources. Our entire family agreed that the proceeds should go toward keeping part of A.B. and Paul Rogers’ dream alive for generations to come."