“Blink and you’ll miss it.” “There’s really nothing to see.” “I hate the Alamo.” That was the consensus of friends and strangers who descended upon San Antonio to see Michigan lose to Villanova. I do not understand why. While I’m not a fan of museums, I do like visiting historic sites. In Vietnam, my favorite attraction was the Cu Chi Tunnels. In China, it was the Great Wall. And in San Antonio, second to the timeless River Walk, was the Alamo.
Many people recall the catchphrase, Remember the Alamo, but most people have forgotten what they are supposed to remember. As a kid, I visited the Alamo and recall the story of Davy Crockett, a fearless soldier from Tennessee who heroically defended the Alamo mission against the onslaught of Santa Anna and his men. On March 6th, the Texans lost the battle to the Mexican forces in brutal fashion. On April 21st, with revenge on their minds, the Texans defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto with soldiers yelling Remember The Alamo as their battle cry.
Citing Wikipedia and according to Bill Groneman’s Battlefields of Texas, the Alamo has become “the most popular tourist site in Texas”.
TPOL’s TIP: There is no fee to visit the Alamo.
There’s a line to enter the Alamo itself. If you go around the left side of the Alamo you can sneakily enter through the exit. Note that pictures are not allowed inside the walls of the Alamo.
I highly suggest a Davy Crockett raccoon hat. I still have mine from years ago. It’s a great look if you’re going for Raccoon Mario for Halloween.
Remember The Alamo! Not because it is a tourist attraction but because of its historical significance to American history.