Today marks the 175th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo (I think we've established that I'm a Texas history nerd!) :) I could list so many facts about the Alamo, but I have a feeling y'all might be tired of my history ramblings. :) But I will say this: what you see today is all that is left of what was once originally called Mission San Antonio de Valero (so if you visit the Alamo and it seems small, it's because that is all that is left of the mission.). The Alamo is located in San Antonio and is managed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed (and encouraged). If you ever visit Texas and make your way down to San Antonio, I highly recommend checking it out. It is one of the most popular historic sites in the United States (over 4 million people visit it each year).
One more random note: the majority of the defenders of the Alamo were not from Texas (see here for a list of all of them and where they were from).
Here are some pictures of the Alamo over the years and how it's changed.
|Rare picture of the Alamo "chapel", taken around 1849. The familiar "humps" at the top of the current Alamo were not added until after 1850. Photo courtesy Alamo Images|
|Alamo buildings was used as Army supply depot, 1850-1870. Photo courtesy Alamo Images|
|The Alamo and Hugo and Schmeltzer Building, ca 1890. Photo courtesy Alamo Images|
|Alamo ca. 1900 and a nearby saloon. Photo courtesy Alamo Images|
|Alamo chapel and convent buildings in 1912. Photo courtesy Alamo Images|
|Alamo Plaza ca. 1919. Photo courtesy Alamo Images|
|Alamo grounds 1937 showing demolition of surrounding buildings. Photo courtesy Alamo Images|
|Me and one of my "besties" Brandy at the Alamo in 2008|
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