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Dec 29, 2012 - Remembering the Alamo

Nothing says more the spirit of Texas than the words “Remember the Alamo!”, and if you and your group are visiting San Antonio, Texas with a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches or school bus hired from Bus Charter San Antonio, you can be sure of a fun filled and memorable charter bus ride.

The Alamo is the name given to Mission San Antonio de Valero, a Catholic mission and fortress built by the Spanish Empire in 1744 to minister to Indian converts. Comprising of a church, various buildings and a fortress wall, the Mission was taken over by the Mexican army in 1821 with the independence of Mexico from Spain. In 1835, the Texian government occupied the Alamo after the Texas Revolution saw Mexican troops abandoning the Alamo. In February of 1836, the Mexican, under the command of General Santa Anna, laid siege to the Alamo. In 13 days of bitter fighting, the Mexicans finally breached the walls of the Alamo, and took the fort.

Today, the Alamo stands as a symbol of defiance in the name of overwhelming odds, and of the fight for freedom and independence. The church and barracks of the Alamo are today a museum run and managed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Given a Texan government in 1905, the Alamo is today a non profit privately run museum, which subsists purely on donations from visitors and sales of souvenirs. Take a charter bus and make a visit to the Alamo.

The Alamo today holds artifacts and exhibits from the battle. These include items such as Davy Crockett’s vest, and actual rifle used in the battle, an authentic period correct Bowie knife and others. There is also a Wall of History, detailing the Alamo’s 300 year history. Also located on the grounds are some of the cannon used in the battle, and visitors can view a short film on the history of the Alamo.

Admission to the Alamo is free, but donations are welcome. Private and group tours are available by prior arrangement. The Alamo is open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Other attractions in the vicinity are the River Walk. Visitors to the River Walk are able to walk below street level along the banks of the San Antonio River. Here, visitors will find lots of shops, boutiques and restaurants, and activities are held throughout the year. Also worth a visit, and just across the road from the Alamo, is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. A showcase of the weird, wacky and wonderful, exhibits include 2 headed cats and other such curiosities. Children will love to visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, where you are sent on a hunt to find out why a casket shops owners have mysteriously disappeared.

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