I only set one book (so far) in Texas, a novella called Love's Sweet Storm, in The Cowboy's Bride collection, written in conjunction with 8 other fabulous Old West authors. It's not set at the Alamo, but since Texas is synonymous with the Alamo, I thought it would be interesting to dig a little deeper and share a bit about my trip there this year, as well as a smattering of history.
|Old Mission Church at the Alamo|
A little history that most of us probably know from Wikipedia: February 23 –
|The old barracks where troops stayed|
The old barracks and all the grounds have changed a lot. The large wall surrounding the entire compound is no longer there. The area covers 5 acres, but very few original structures remain. The barracks interior was very interesting, as it had pictures and artifacts from that time period, as well as wall murals. Parts of the barracks building used to be two story, but only the bottom story remains.
This is my five-year-old granddaughter peeking out of one of the tents on the Alamo grounds. We enjoyed exploring, but the line was so long at the Mission we couldn't go in.
|Davy Crockett portrait in 1834-|
-2 years before he died
There is so much history in San Antonio and Texas in general. It has such a rich heritage! The people who run the Alamo have music in the park nearby, tents set up you where you can see what the troops stayed in, old rifle displays and more. It was fun wandering around and seeing a small piece of the history of Texas come to life. I was fascinated to find an ancient tree within the compound that dates back to prior to the Alamo. I'm not sure what kind it is...maybe an oak or mesquite? Anyone know?
Have any of you visited the Alamo or any other famous historical sites where it made you proud to be an American? What did you think of the Alamo if you've been there?
Miralee Ferrell is a best-selling, award winning writer. Most of her books are setHERE.
The book I mentioned as a novella is Love's Sweet Storm--set in The Cowboy's Bride Collection
When traveling to meet her intended groom, mail-order-bride Allie Patrick becomes stranded in a norther Texas shack during a snowstorm. She's all alone--until a local rancher stumbles in half frozen. Will a few nights alone with a man ruin Addie's dreams of wedded bliss with Sam Tolliver, or is this a divinely inspired detour to bring her and Grant Hollister together?
I've never been to the Alamo or to Texas. In so many ways, this blog is my ticket to travel!ReplyDelete
I know what you mean, Connie. My husband has never been there, either, and we're hoping to go someday together.Delete
I have been to the Alamo a few times. San Antonio is about 5 hours from where I live (Texas is a big state). I have loved it every time.ReplyDelete
Very cool, Susan! You live in a state with a lot of history!Delete
Miralee, thank you for sharing your visit to the Alamo with us. I have not been there, or even to Texas, but your post and pictures helped "take" me there.ReplyDelete
Pictures are always so helpful on blogs...I love seeing other people's pics to be able to really visualize things!Delete
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I'm a native Texan and been to the Alamo a number of times. When I taught Middle School, we took our 7th grade history students on a Tour of Texas every spring. It was fun to watch them react to places they'd been studying about in class. A major restoration is being planned and the historical group wants to preserve the dignity of The Alamo in honor of the men who died there. It has begun to deteriorate so badly, and they want to preserve and restore it. A lot of controversy has surrounded the plans, but they hope to have it completed in 3 years or so. We were in San Antonio for our grandson's wedding last October, but didn't visit because of all the construction around the area. It should be grand once it's finished.ReplyDelete