Alamo Honors Texas History in San Antonio

April 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm EST
The Alamo

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett

The historic Alamo, in San Antonio, Texas, has been recognized as a symbol of liberty and perseverance since 1836 when a group of brave volunteers stood their ground against the Mexican army in the Texas Revolution.

The building originally served as a Catholic mission until 1793. In the early 1800s the Spanish government dissolved the mission and a cavalry unit stationed there named it Alamo, meaning “cottonwood tree” in Spanish.

On March 6, 1836 the Alamo was a major site of conflict during the Texas Revolution where all of the soldiers involved lost their lives in the 13 day battle.

Today the 4.2-acre complex is open to the public, where volunteers give detailed tours of the Alamo. Visitors can see relics from the battle and model reenactments throughout the site.  

The Alamo is operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. It is open every day of the week except Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free, and the Alamo offers an expansive gift shop with profits going toward upkeep of the establishment.

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