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Visiting the Alamo

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Visiting the Alamo
Danno Wise
The Alamo is not only one of Texas’ most important historical landmarks, it is also one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, with over 2.5 million visitors annually.

The building, which gained fame in the Texas Revolution, was originally built as a mission in 1718 near the headwaters of San Pedro Creek. It was moved twice, with the final move to its present location happening in 1724. These original buildings were already over 100 years old by the time the Battle of the Alamo occurred in 1836. At that battle, over 150 “Texians” died, including some of the state’s most famous folk heroes such as Davie Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Barrett Travis.

Today, the Alamo is owned by the State of Texas and operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The Alamo is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They are open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. During the months of June, July and August, the Alamo remains open on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m. Admission is free. The Alamo is located at 300 Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio.

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