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.
The Alamo is simply an amazing site to visit. Wow. My wife and I (teachers from Wisconsin) spent over 6 hours over a couple of days at this site. Being in the room where the surviving women and children were....seeing the line on the bricks where David Crocket and the Tennessee volunteers manned the palisades to the Long Barracks where many of the men who swore "Victroy or Death" died fills one with a sense of hushed awe....This site is definitely a 5 star Wow.
I have studied the Alamo for six months. You can ask me anything about it and you bet you'll get the right answer. I don't see why you don't have this landmark and battlesight as a five star destination. I hope you will change your mind after you read a girl's opinion. Thanks for reading ya'll,
A fellow Texan
I was eight years old during the "Davy Crockett Craze" of the mid-1950s. Walt Disney's TV programs and movie, "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" was an important part of my introduction to U.S. history. For Christmas of '55 or '56 my parents got me the Davy Crockett at the Alamo toy set. As I grew up--and older--the Battle of the Alamo stayed with me. I read the popular books and the scholary studies of the battle, the War for Texas Independence. I observed in the same way the Davy Crockett bicentennial and the Battle of the Alamo sequicentennial in 1986.
But it was not until the early 1990's that I first visited the Alamo in San Antonio, while I was on a business trip. I went straight from the airport to the fort even before going to my hotel! It was awesome to be at the PLACE I had 'seen' in the movies, imaged as I read the histories. Even theough only a portion of the mission/fort still existed, standing at the metal line which 'marked' Travis' line in the sand, standing at the ground plaque, which marked the spot of Davy Crockett's "last stand,' was just a thrill and then another moment to ponder the meanings of it all, contained in big words like: freedom, independence, heroism, American, but also: manifest destiny, imperialism, racialsism, etc. Boy- hood understandings and enthusiams have to mature, but the combination, I hope in my case, resulted in a Liberal idealistic realism!
The next year I took my family (wife and two boys, 10 and 7)on a history vacation which included the Alamo in San Antonio--and then the John Wayne recreation in Brackettsville! We had a blast remembering and playing "history"--and legend!--out there in Texas.
Now the boys are grown and young men, liberal and patriotic, still filled with idelaism, even though life has given them their first "hard knocks." They know something of what the American Dream was--and is; they know about the hyprocrisies it has suffered from. They--like me--are committed to the reformed American Dream.
As I approach retirement, it's time for another visit again SOON! I wonder if my wife, who has endured many battlefield tours with me, wearing a "Civil War Nut's Wife" T-shirt, can buy an "Alamo Nut's Wife" t-shirt in the gift shop. (I will be buying another bag of Mexican toy soldiers--I still don't have the requisite several thousand!)
If you love History this is a great tour for any age.It felt like you where taking a walk through a history book..You relly get the true feeling as if you were there when the history of the Alamo was taking place.
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