“You cannot learn the history of the Alamo by visiting
the church of the Alamo today."
“No visitor really sees the place where our heroes died.”
The Alamo "was an example of unselfish heroism" and should
"be sacred to every man in whose heart throbs one iota
of patriotism and respect for the heroic dead.”
~ Adina de Zavala, Texas Preservationist
“Achieving the status of a great city requires two main ingredients: VISION and COURAGE.”
“Like those who initiated the practice centuries before, we certainly
have become experts at killing that which we love the most.
When it comes to erasing our past,
we are definitely masters at this business.”
“In many respects, this is the second coming of the Hugo Schmeltzer fiasco…we humans just never pay attention to history.”
~ Gary Foreman, Film maker, Photographer
“Could any society have a more worthy, more beneficial object,
than that of keeping alive in a country its patriotic enthusiasm, which,
after all, is the keynote to a national greatness?”
“How many of you…today have really contemplated the old Alamo building…and learned the wonderful lesson of self-sacrifice?"
~ Clara Driscoll, Texas Preservationist
"The room(s) have since been demolished, together with the
walls which Travis defended, and the barracks all are gone.
The vandal hand of progress has done its work...while the
truck-cart of traffic rumbles over the identical ground that
drank in the life-blood of those devoted men."
~ John Sutherland, Alamo Courier, 1860
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
“The idea for a state-of-the-art museum in the old Post Office
is right-on and much needed."
~ Paul Hutton, Historian, Professor of History at
University of New Mexico
“I’m afraid we’re in danger of losing our history."
“We’re not doing a good job of telling the stories and letting people know what happened and why it’s important.”
“There is still room for improvement – especially in the Plaza.”
“People want to see the space, not signs.”
~ Richard B. Winders, Alamo Curator, Historian, Author
“A nation with no regard to its past will have
little future worth remembering."
~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
“The Alamo stands out in high relief as our noblest exemplification
of sacrifice, heroic and pure…Without the inspiration of the cry –
Remember the Alamo – the great southwest might never
have become a part of the nation.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President
“Clara Driscoll set out to portray the Alamo as a fountain from
which Texas, and the rest of America, could continually regenerate the
values of sacrifice and patriotism, and where, during times of crisis,
countryman could find the courage to persist and prevail.”
~ Randy Roberts, James S. Olson – “A Line in the Sand”
“A lot of what San Antonio has to offer is
in the area of heritage tourism.”
“Heritage tourists stay longer and spend more money. Part of this process is finding the right balance for San Antonio.”
~ Sharon Wasielewski, San Antonio historic preservation officer
“Progress is starting to strangle an area that has to be maintained
as a crucial part of Texas History. It has always amazed me that
there is so little left to see of this important place. Who decided that having ‘Ripley's Believe it or not‘ and ‘Tomb-Rider 3D‘
on the historic site of the West Wall was a good idea?”
“There is a plan afoot to replicate some of the compound so people/tourists/visitors can get a feel of the way it was back then. Though it won't be THE West Wall....though it won't be
THE Low Barracks....it WILL make the Alamo story that
the defenders, the brave Mexican soldiers, and the
forgotten Tejano heroes fought for, come to life.”
“If you agree….the Alamo site should be restored or made more
reverent, make your voice heard. It won't happen otherwise.”
“It hit me like a ton of bricks that there really was so little left
of the compound. I was also surprised, dismayed and shocked
that the row of normal shops from 1974 had somehow
transformed into a row of tacky, second-rate eye sores.”
~ Phil Collins, Musician, Song writer
“Change comes hard, and it is so much easier to sit and do nothing,
than to be dynamic and make things happen.
But this is exactly what San Antonio must do.”
“The Alamo is pitifully presented today, to the point of being
an embarrassment. Docents and guides constantly have to
explain to tourists that it 'wasn't just the church.'"
“The Alamo, which should be the Crown Jewel of Texas, huddles
forlornly amidst noisy modern squalor and tacky tourist traps.
Why the city does not take drastic and immediate action
to rectify this mess is beyond me.”
“Most politicians are content to just go along, and real movers are few and far between. I pray that from San Antonio will emerge political leaders with the real vision necessary to restore the plaza to a beautiful place of reflection, cultural pride, and historical relevancy.”
~ Mark Lemon, Artist, Author
“Alamo Plaza, the place where Texian, Tejano and Mexican soldiers fought and died during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, has deteriorated into a site of crass commercialism that is embarrassing, to say the least. Unfortunately, the status of Alamo Plaza is the byproduct of ignorance and apathy. But something can be done to restore the dignity of a place that has inspired so many over the years.”
~ Willian Chemerka, Historian, Founder of The Alamo Society,
Editor of The Alamo Journal
“The present state of Alamo Plaza eviscerates the memory
of the event and people who fought there.”
“There are few battlefields that are known world-wide and
the Alamo is one of them. Fewer still are such famous battlefields
treated as an amusement park where barkers and tourists
exchange coin where men suffered their last terrified moments
in their world for a cause they believed in.”
“The battlefield was not just the church and convento buildings,
it was the entire Plaza area.”
“Alamo Plaza could be a place that not only honors
the memory of the dead, but also a place of pride and dignity
for the people of San Antonio and the State of Texas.”
“Why can’t the Federal Building become an interpretive center
for the history of the battle…or even more?”
“As an historian, I often wonder how future generations will
remember our present battlefield efforts. Will there be non-stop
traffic through battlefield memorials? Will future generations commemorate our efforts with a carnival-like atmosphere
comparable to the money-changers in the temple?”
“We need visionaries to lead us out of this present wilderness and
restore the battlefield to its rightful place in the world.”
~ Col. Allen C. Huffines, US Army, Ret, Author, Historian
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
~ John F. Kennedy, 35th President
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do
the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling
our children and our children's children what it was once like
in the United States where men were free."
~ Ronald Reagan, 40th President
“We should work toward a physical use of the space that does
a better job of honoring the history of the Alamo.”
~ Jullian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio
“A lack of reverence for the Alamo’s sacred battleground has turned much of the iconic site into a place no one remembers.”
“A shabby sidewall of ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not‘ faces what was once the southwest corner of the old fortress, where Alamo defenders positioned their largest piece of artillery, an eighteen-pounder.”
“City of San Antonio erected a small plaque here a few years ago,
but hardly anyone notices it amid all the commercial junk.”
"The Crockett block buildings ‘have been taken over by a
sad assortment of tawdry curiosities, such as the
Tomb Rider 3D ride and arcade and the
Guinness World Records Museum.
A little farther down Alamo Street are the
Louis Tussaud’s Plaza Wax Museum and
the Ultimate Mirror Maze Challenge.‘”
“Three million people visit the Alamo every year, and
hundreds of thousands of them must pass along this sidewalk
(Crockett block) without realizing its historical significance
or recognizing that this portion of the most iconic location
in Texas has been allowed to go to seed."
“Visitors seldom fail to remark that the Alamo is so much smaller
than they imagined, but that’s because they are looking only
at the church and the long barrack.”
“Most of the fighting actually took place at the now nonexistent walls surrounding Alamo Plaza and within the plaza itself, which stretches as far west as the wax museum and as far north as the U.S. post office.”
“Travis, shot through the head, fell about twenty feet from
the post office’s southwest corner, near what is now a stairwell
leading to a nondescript side entrance…Yet the only clue
that anything important took place here are two tiny bronze
indicators on the sidewalks on either side of the post office,
noting ‘Alamo Mission original property line.‘”
“Considering the abuse heaped on it through the ages,
it’s a miracle the Alamo survives at all.”
“…the DRT has always seemed more worshipful of the Alamo than respectful of its history, piously referring to the church as ‘the shrine.‘”
“Whoever we Texans are as a people, it started here.”
~ Gary Cartwright, Senior Editor, Texas Monthly Magazine,
“Anyone who has visited it (the Alamo) is shocked at
how overwhelmed the site is by crass urban sprawl and
two busy streets right through the plaza.”
"Over-shadowed by tall modern buildings and surrounded
by tourist traps, it is very hard to grasp the size,
shape and nature of the Alamo's original layout."
"The Alamo tells us much about the flow of cultures, people, and
the fate of landmarks left to the winds of greed and overpopulation."
"(We) need to protect and cherish our historical and natural landscapes
from the tidal wave of human population and shortsighted greed."
"So far our culture has valued money and commercial interest
over any common sense preservation of the Alamo compound,
as well as the landscape of Texas. We can do better."
~ George Nelson, Artist, Archaeologist, Author
"The Alamo and the city's history are what people come
to San Antonio to see."
~ Paula Stallcup, Director of Downtown Operations, San Antonio