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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush signed a resolution Tuesday agreeing to changes to the Alamo grounds.

The master plan calls for closing streets around the Alamo, creating a museum, and relocating the Cenotaph monument that honors defenders to another spot in the plaza – a proposal that generated some public opposition.

An advisory committee is expected to recommend today that the Texas State Board of Education remove the word "heroic" from social studies curriculum when referring to defenders of the Alamo.

Tip Of Mexican Sword Discovered At Alamo Dig Site

Aug 11, 2016
Reimagining The Alamo / Texas Tribune

Texas revolutionaries and Mexican soldiers may not have buried the hatchet after the Battle of the Alamo, but somehow, they buried a sword.

The Man Who Witnessed the Fall of the Alamo

Nov 30, 2015

From Texas Standard:

Fransisco Antonio Ruiz was there.

He was an eyewitness, as the alcalde – or mayor – during the siege of the Alamo. While the siege was going on, Ruiz's father, José Fransisco Ruiz, was 150 miles to the east at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he represented San Antonio as a delegate to the convention that formally declared Texas' independence.


In San Antonio, Alamo Historic District Prepares For Change

Oct 16, 2015
Robin Jerstad / Texas Tribune

Surrounded by figures clad in period costumes, including a Davy Crockett look-alike, Texas and San Antonio officials gathered in front of the Alamo on Thursday to formalize a long-awaited agreement to preserve the historic mission and spruce up its appeal to visitors.

Alamo Gets A Big United Nations Honor: It's A 'World Heritage' Site

Jul 5, 2015
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The San Antonio Missions, the Alamo and other historic Texas shrines have attained the status of other internationally recognized landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef.

Phil Collins Donates His Vast Alamo Collection

Oct 29, 2014
Texas General Land Office/Texas Tribune

Davy Crockett’s bullet pouch, Jim Bowie’s sword, Sam Houston’s snuff box and more than 200 other artifacts connected to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo arrived in San Antonio this week. Phil Collins was there to greet them.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: The U.N. isn't taking over the Alamo, Denton invites Sriaracha to town, the Texas photo ID law continues to generate controversy, and more:

The Alamo

For the first time since it was written 177 years ago, Col. William Travis’ famous "Victory or Death" letter is headed back to the Alamo in San Antonio.

The letter will be on display for two weeks beginning Saturday, which is the anniversary of Santa Anna’s assault on the garrison which began Februrary 23, 1836.

Couriers carried numerous letters from Travis out of the Alamo asking for troop reinforcements, but Alamo Historian Richard Bruce Winders says this one is especially famous for its strong patriotic passages: 

Booze At the Alamo? Commissioner: It's a Complex Issue

Jul 16, 2012
Raw Processor / flickr

A fight is brewing over whether alcoholic beverages should be allowed at an event facility at the Alamo.

Dallas, TX – The unemployment rate in Texas dropped slightly to 8.4 percent in October, down from the last month's 8.5 percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that the state added 2,500 jobs in October. Texas's unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 9 percent.

Commission Chairman Tom Pauken says private employers in Texas are "investing their capital" in hiring more workers, adding 286,200 jobs since October 2010, for a growth rate of 3.4 percent.