Facts on the Alamo

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"Remember the Alamo!" This famous battle cry, which echoes through American history, commemorates a famous event and symbolizes a Texan by a small group against overwhelming attackers. These words bring 2.5 million people a year to pilgrimage in San Antonio, Texas, where the fortress still remains.

Significance

  • The Alamo is a 4.2-acre complex where a small band of Texans fought against Mexican invaders for 13 days in 1836.

People

  • The fortress eventually fell, though the memories of its stewards--Jim Bowie, Davey Crocket and William B. Travis--live on.

Basics

  • The compound is open every day except during Christmas and Christmas Eve. It is located at 300 Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio. Admission is free.

Shrine

  • The Shrine at one of the five entrances commemorates the Alamo's defenders with such exhibits as Travis' ring, Crocket's buckskin vest and period weapons.

Other attractions

  • Other attractions include a theater that shows a 17-minute film about the Alamo, a museum explaining how the original mission became a fortress, gardens and several cannons from the actual battle.

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