175 years: How big was the Alamo?

Bigger than you think.

In San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo as it stands today (175 years after the siege) is only a small part of the original compound.  Were the original structures still standing, the entire Alamo would cover almost two city blocks. The famous façade which is so familiar today– featured on countless corporate logos and integrated into many modern building entrances– is the chapel at the southeast corner of the compound.

Below is a map showing the oringal layout of the Alamo (oriented north-south).  This map is provided courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

2 thoughts on “175 years: How big was the Alamo?

  1. Where are the ashes of the Texians buried? I understood it was in the area in front of the main bldg. (chapel). If so, why is it not protected by some kind of barrier and a monument erected there? Thank you

    • Good question! I don’t know much about the issue you raise, so I will gladly defer to those with more knowledge. What little I do know (or think I know) is that no one can say with certainty how or where ashes were disposed. My hunch is that the Mexican rank and file were in no mood for burying the Alamo defenders with ceremony or even basic etiquette. I imagine that in the days following the battle, as troops, animals, and villagers moved around the wreckage, any remains, ashes or otherwise, were scattered throughout the large courtyard and trampled underfoot until it was impossible to draw any boundaries around a “burial site.” And, of course, as San Antonio grew, most of the courtyard is now paved over. I suppose the best monument anyone could build has already been built– a beautiful, thriving, diverse city of San Antonio. Travis, Crocket and company would be amazed and undoubtedly proud to see what Texas, particularly San Antonio, has become. Anyway, that’s my widow’s mite to contribute, and I’m sure others who know more than I do will add their own thoughts.

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