San Antonio, Texas
The Alamo

photos: January 2000

Probably no site in Texas is more revered as The Alamo.

Most of you are aware of its history. How, in 1836, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, W. Travis and about 180 other Texans used this nearly 100 year old (built c. 1744) mission/fort to hold off Mexican General Santa Anna and several thousand of his troops from February 24 to March 6. Though all the defenders died, their final stand became the rallying cry, "Remember the Alamo," of the Texan’s battle for independence.

And, a bit of trivia: Of all the US states, more Texas state flags are sold than any other state (that statistic is somewhat dated and I don’t remember the source so…)

The Alamo is the center piece of downtown San Antonio. About a block or two from the River Walk. Most of the downtown attractions are within walking distance.

In the above photo, taken just after the mornings fog was starting to lift, shows an archway to the right of the main structure. Through it are the gardens within the Alamo’s remaining walls. The photo below looks toward that opening from Bonhan Street, just south of the present day Alamo grounds. Compare this walkway with a similar one at Mission San José.

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