The Alamo Facts
The Alamo is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. It is located in the Alamo Plaza District in San Antonio, Texas. It is a secluded compound on over four acres. Approximately 2.5 million people visit this every year. It was originally built in early 1770s by the Spanish Military Army to serve as a mission.
It served as a place to educate the local Native Americans about Christianity. In 1803, a Mexican Army Group took over and used the Alamo as their base. Later, it became the site of the Battle of the Alamo which took place in 1836. This battle site is a standing reminder of Texas’ history.
Quick Facts: –
- The original structure is rather small. It is only 60 feet wide and 30 feet tall.
- The first stone of the Alamo was laid in 1744.
- Now, it is a public monument. It is considered to be a shrine to the heroes of the Battle of the Alamo.
- The famous pop star Phil Collins donated a massive collection of Alamo artefacts to the Texas General Land Office.
- The chapel was constructed of limestone blocks. It collapsed during the construction and all that was left were the walls.
- There is a keystone that sits on the top of the arch in the doorway. It has the date 1758.
- This was the first of five missions in the area. It was originally named Misión San Antonio de Valero.
- The Long Barrack Museum has a lock of Davy Crockett’s hair encased in a glass locket on display.
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