Monday, February 18, 2008

The Alamo

Of course the Alamo has been a must see spot, ever since I saw Fess Parker portray Davey Crockett. So when we got to San Antonio there were two must sees, the Alamo and the River Walk.
We took a cicuritous route to the Alamo so I could see how we would travrl when we left, and turned a 10 mile drive into a 30 mile drive. But sight seeing is good. When we got there we found a paid parking lot, 12 bucks, parked, and started walking to the Alamo.
Winding our way through stores we got in line. The first thing is the church, which has names of the defenders, some displays and is composed of four or so rooms. I was surprised that the area was roofed as only one section was actually done at the time of the battle. The historical society wanted a roof so.... The best part of the chruch was the small room where the women and children hid. A tour guide explained a lot there, about the end of the battle and the construction of the church. No mention of the controversy about whether anyone survived and then was excuted. I am surprised that there are no written records of the women?
Leaving the church, you then enter a courtyard which has been filled with plants and trees. A very nice place. However for some reason Texas decided they needed a gift shop so one was built in 1936(?).
We both enjoyed the Alamo, I guess I was somewhat disappointed as I expected a typical National Park Historical site and instead got what it is. A small site that is overwhelmed by people and surrounded by malls and stores.
Still worth seeing. (The church pictured ,on the right, is St Joesphs, built in 1868 and the oldest functioning church in the city.) Clear skies.

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