On Wednesday I flew to San Antonio for Worldcon, the big science fiction convention. I made a point of seeing The Alamo as my first tourist site.
It contains memorabilia such as Davy Crockett’s leather wallet, and also his long gun, including two powder horns! They do not allow photographs inside, and they ask men to remove their hats. I approve of the formality. The interior walls must not be touched, and they still show names and initials carved into them from that period.
This view shows more detail of the architecture, as well as one of the grottos up front.
This grotto has Davy Crockett’s name carved in it, but this is acknowledged to have been done by someone else.
And what would The Alamo be without cactus? I touched the side of one of the thorns, and I’m sure if I had touched the point, my finger would have bled.
The Alamo is easy to find—near Crockett Street and Alamo Plaza.
Below is a historic church, on the way to and from The Alamo, which preserves the old mission style.
Here’s a building near the City Hall that shows the beautiful old architecture.
This building really is as red as the picture shows—no retouching.
More sightseeing to come, along with reports on the convention.