Remember the Alamo? Which One?

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Drawing of the Alamo 1865

While contemplating the mounting evidence that the Controllers commandeered existing Old Empire structures in America and either destroyed them or cleverly wove them into their colonial narrative, I realized that the reset scenario may be the answer to a riddle that has nagged me since childhood.

The San Antonio Alamo today

Being raised and educated in Texas, I had the tragic story of the Alamo pounded into my brain and visited the iconic battleground in San Antonio more times than I care to remember.

However, I also remember another Alamo where I spent even more of my youthful days since it was a favorite family vacation destination.

The Fake Alamo.

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Fake Alamo under construction

Located in the middle of nowhere in Brackettville near the Texas/Mexico Border at Eagle Pass, this re-creation was supposedly constructed in 1957 for the filming of John Wayne’s movie “The Alamo.”

The official narrative explains that this project was the brainchild of Texan James T. “Happy” Shahan who got the bright idea to build a re-creation of the Mexican mission on his ranch land to attract Hollywood filmmakers.

It worked.

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Happy Shahan in front of his Fake Alamo

The story gets kinda strange regarding the funding for the fake Alamo project.

Originally the set was to be facades of the front and sides of the buildings. However, Wayne ran out of money and called a halt to construction. Shahan agreed to continue working while Wayne raised more money, if Wayne would agree to building full sets with four walls, floor and roofs. Wayne signed on to the deal.

The Cast of The Alamo in front of the replica

According to the historical narrative, Brackettville wasn’t always in the middle of nowhere, it had been developed for centuries since it was on an old east-west road at a natural spring that eventually became a stagecoach stop.

Originating as an oasis favored by the Indians, the settlement, named for an early merchant named Oscar Brackett, became a resting place for travelers after a jarring 24-hour stagecoach ride from San Antonio. It was soon protected by a large cavalry installation, Fort Clark.

Map showing Fort Clark and Brackett(ville)

Guess who else remembers the Fake Alamo?

Phil Collins at Brackettville Alamo

Yep, the Genesis drummer and solo Gold Record recipient himself turns out to be quite the Alamo aficionado!

He even has this “replica” that includes 4 statues never pictured on ANY original Alamo photos.

But it turns out his replica isn’t the only one with this puzzling feature…but first a bit about Phil.

Phil with his Alamo model with statues and no front hump

Turns out Collins’ obsession with the Alamo began as a child back in Merry Old England where he watched the Disney shows about Davy Crockett.

He confesses that his favorite childhood pastime was to recreate the Alamo drama in his back yard! He would actually burn the toy soldiers that were captured in battle, strangely echoing the then unknown outcome of the captured defenders (yes, some soldiers may have survived the battle).

In a further strange Alamo twist, an article in True West revealed:

A clairvoyant once told him [Phil] he was the reincarnation of John W. Smith—an Alamo courier who went on to become the first mayor of San Antonio.
She didn’t know that the very first item in his vast Alamo collection was an 1836 receipt for Smith’s new saddle just weeks after the Alamo siege.

Phil presents his Alamo receipt

So, imagine my surprise when I discovered another full-blown replica of the Alamo in Dripping Springs, Texas, built for the filming of the Disney movie cleverly named “The Alamo.”

The filmmakers claim they painstakingly recreated the Alamo and the compound so it would perfectly match the San Antonio version at the time of the 1836 battle.

Dripping Springs Alamo Movie Set

But wait a minute, this version has those 4 mysterious statues like in Phil’s model and no hump either! Must I really accept that this is a “stone by stone” replication?

Original Alamo with Fiddly Bit on top and mudflood marks, date unknown

So some Alamo aficionados wanted to add fancy columns and statues while others left all that space blank?

Hmmmm…

Another Alamo replica in darker stone with detailed statues, date and location unknown

But wait, there’s more!

It wasn’t hard to find lots of versions that are closer matches for the good ole San Antonio Alamo, although none of them turned out to be movie sets.

For instance, in Spicewood Springs, Texas, there is an property with a “re-created” Alamo that has been turned into a private million dollar residence.

 Guess we’re not supposed to notice the big Spanish mission right by this supposedly new construction at 500 Contrail Way?

Hmmmm…

Spicewood Springs Alamo Complex

Oh, there’s another blank “fake” Alamo in Cypress Springs, Texas…but it has become a corporate headquarters.

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Cypress Springs Alamo – now Kwik Copy headquarters

But never fear,  just an 11 minute mile drive up the road in Mount Vernon, Texas, you’ll find a genuine Alamo replica museum.

I kid you not.

The Alamo Mission Museum – Mt. Vernon, Texas

And they made this version into a resort in Fredricksburg, Texas

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Tin Star Dude Ranch in Fredricksburg

Even way out in El Paso they got Alamo fever and turned one into a bank.

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El Paso Alamo with a drive-through

Can’t forget the classy one in Plano that was opened in the 70’s as a video game park.

Good grief… wonder why they didn’t bother with the second floor?

Then someone converted that replica into a used car lot.

Really.

Remember the Alamo

Of course, they built a replica (or 2!) in Dallas at Fair Park, cause, ya know, we just can’t forget the Alamo!

Artfully aged Alamo replica at Fair Park, Dallas

And last — but certainly not least — there is this fully developed Alamo in Arizona at the San Xavier Mission with all kinds of decorative fiddly bits that are missing from the Texas versions.

Guess what…it’s a movie set!

Location for “The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold”

Notice how all these “pretend” Alamos are in towns famous for their natural springs?

Even the San Antonio Alamo has a spring well within the fortress.

Hmmmm…

Well inside Alamo

Also, I am really puzzled by these two old pictures of the San Antonio Alamo next to a Tartarian looking hospital.

Seems there is no plaza in front of the original Alamo?  And what happened to the arches that enclosed the plaza beside it?  Was the building relocated or were the streets were re-routed to create the modern plaza?

So, after discovering all these “replicas” I can finally ask myself about that Bracketville Alamo I visited as a child, precisely why a building that was barely 10 years old seemed to me so ancient and weathered…

Was it really a clever reproduction or another “found” artifact of an ancient civilization?

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So many fake Alamos!

I speculate many of these replica Alamos (especially the movie sets) were discovered, not built, by Spanish invaders and later by settlers who adapted them to their needs.

Got to admit, once again the official story gets pretty dodgy once you start digging in — especially when you realize the copies aren’t even accurate!

More icon-shattering research at The Smithsonian’s Basement and Washington’s Watergate Weirdness!

~ by weewarrior on March 9, 2019.

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