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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 2:44 a.m. PST

Did the Alamo in 1972 on pass from Air Force Basic. What I regret is not making it to the Waynemo when the Army had me at Fort Hood 25 years later. Thought I was going to have more time.

Old Wolfman09 Sep 2019 6:51 a.m. PST

Not yet,but on my bucket list.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 7:17 a.m. PST

An interesting place. Too bad it's in the middle of a modern city now.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 9:15 a.m. PST

I have been there. It certainly is worth the visit when you are in San Antonio. And San Antonio is worth the visit.

The Alamo has been largely demolished, making way for uninteresting buildings.

William Warner09 Sep 2019 9:42 a.m. PST

Born and raised in San Antonio. Been there many times. Visiting the interior of the old church still sends chills up my spine.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 10:22 a.m. PST

I agree with William Warner. It is a sacred site even though in a modern city.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 11:44 a.m. PST

Been there. Hard to get a glimpse of what the real enclave looked like, because so much is gone.

The best view was out to Happy Shahan's Alamo Village. Happy bought the old John Wayne film site, and created an entire western themed village that was used for a huge number of western films, commercials, music videos, etc.

I spent several months there helping to recreate the entire Alamo as it looked during the siege. The original was a huge walled place. We filmed an IMAX documentary about the siege and last battle(s) there.

One interesting thing is that when the set construction team built the chapel, they inadvertently made the columns backwards, with the spiral fluting going the wrong way.

Apparently the photographers printed the images in reverse, like a civil war image. and the set construction crew used them when building stuff.

Also, they built the chapel (and thus the whole facility) facing the wrong direction. Thus, we had to film most of the early morning scenes in reverse order to show the sun coming up, when in reality we were watching it set.

It was a true PITA (for many reasons) but the end result was worth the time and effort. It was titled "Alamo: The Price of Freedom.

Here is a link to the trailer

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 12:37 p.m. PST

I have. I'll not forget it. Check out the basement.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 8:40 a.m. PST

Been there. Things not to miss are the diorama in the visitor's center. It's great to see all those old Airfix figures. Also, there was a museum to the northwest of the plaza with the full 1/48 scale fort. Looking at it, it just cries out for someone to add the troops.

While it is a modern city if you drop down to the river walk you won't know it. When we were there we had dinner and right before the last boat out we bought a one day ticket for the water taxi that was good thru following day. We took the full moonlight ride and didn't get back until after 11PM. My wife and I liked it so much that we repeated it the following night.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 8:59 a.m. PST

I have – interesting place and the fact that it is plumb in the middle of San Antonio makes it a bit hard to think about size and scope but as noted also makes it very easy to get good food

I found the concept of a secular shrine a bit off-putting but it is a place that you certainly remember!

SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 8:42 p.m. PST

@Flashman14 … good one!

Old Wolfman11 Sep 2019 6:35 a.m. PST

And the Long Barracks is there too,I read.

14Bore11 Sep 2019 1:25 p.m. PST

Yes summer 78 while at basic

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