Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a ... More
Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remain of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Texans take the Alamo very seriously. Narrated tours are available.
Really not much to see. I felt faintly ridiculous queueing up for 10 mins just to look at Crockett's gun and coat. It is a shame they didn't preserve more of the other buildings rather than just the Mission. The best bit for me was the diorama which showed what it was like at the time of the battle. That was a lot of wall for just a few hundred men to cover...
The grounds outside were attractive (if irrelevent), and there were some informative boards outside. The smell of pee hints at the presence of overnight tramps though.
The worst bit were the "attractions" on the other side of the street, replete with loud fairground noises. How tasteless. It ruined the atmosphere for me.
This is a 30 minute visit - tops.
You have to be a Texan to appreciate "The Alamo" I would think. Men fought to the death. It amazes me how people need to be entertained these days and just the ground where the Alamo stands should be enough to say you stood on the very ground where these men lost their lives defending it but I guess people don't have sense of loyalty, freedom, self-sacrifice any longer or they wouldn't care how small the Alamo was? Go to Six Flags if you want entertainment people. The Alamo isn't there except historical significance and to a person who loves this state and cannot imagine living anywhere else, what a crappy thing to say about a place that has so much history and respect for those who died there. Maybe the writer needs a little history lesson as he sure has no compassion for what is "real".
We were in the SFTG (ABN) at Ft Sam for medical training (91B3S).. we went and that little bitty short place startled us..
It was alsways soooo big in photos, we mere looked around saw nothing and thought it was an entrance preview.. Surely enough we ask one of the attendants where was the "Real Alamo" of couse "you are here".. couldn't help but laugh..
We were literally escorted of the grounds. (November 1965)
What is left of the Alamo is so very small. It is truly a shame that in light of its historical significance especially for the people of Texas, that they did not really opt to save the place as has been done with the fortress at Goliad. While John Wayne's movie was garbage historically at least when you visit Bracketsville you have an overall better perspective of the place as it existed in 1836
It amazes me that the writer from Yahoo ( Andrew Harper ) would write such a ridiculous artlice today ( 8/15) about how the Alamo was a tourist trap. A visit to the Alamo is not about the lack of a ride or what is not there ( as was mentioned in his article ), but about the history that is behind it. Apparently Mr. Harper has no idea about the concept of history.... this is a place to learn...both the good and the bad that occured at the Alamo. It's not a big place ( misconception that the place is huge) , but it IS full of history...3 million people visit here each year....maybe you should too.
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