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Part of Bonham Street, in front of the Crockett Hotel, is closed temporarily for utility work and street improvements. A portion of one of the northbound lanes of Alamo Street, in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed. This closure is temporary.

Several excavation units have been opened inside the Church. The units in and around the Long Barracks have been completed, however the building remains closed as archaeologists use the area for screening and storage of soils until completion of all excavations.

A section of Crockett Street, which runs in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed to vehicular traffic for Alamo Plan phase one construction.


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Part of Bonham Street, in front of the Crockett Hotel, is closed temporarily for utility work and street improvements. A portion of one of the northbound lanes of Alamo Street, in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed. This closure is temporary.

Several excavation units have been opened inside the Church. The units in and around the Long Barracks have been completed, however the building remains closed as archaeologists use the area for screening and storage of soils until completion of all excavations.

A section of Crockett Street, which runs in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed to vehicular traffic for Alamo Plan phase one construction.


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Part of Bonham Street, in front of the Crockett Hotel, is closed temporarily for utility work and street improvements. A portion of one of the northbound lanes of Alamo Street, in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed. This closure is temporary.

Several excavation units have been opened inside the Church. The units in and around the Long Barracks have been completed, however the building remains closed as archaeologists use the area for screening and storage of soils until completion of all excavations.

A section of Crockett Street, which runs in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed to vehicular traffic for Alamo Plan phase one construction.


Beginning next week, the Alamo will begin the process of extracting pigment samples of the exterior Church walls. This process will require scaffolding and an electric lift, where Alamo Conservator Pamela Jary Rosser will harvest pigment layers where there is evidence of pigment fragments in the hopes of finding mission-era lime washes.

“Other missions in San Antonio were decoratively painted,” Alamo Conservator Pamela Jary Rosser said. “We don’t know if the Alamo was painted, and doing this will give us evidence to determine if the Alamo was painted during the mission-era as well,” Rosser added.

This process will take place Monday through Friday, during operating hours, and will not impact visitor traffic or the ability to practice social distancing while on site. The scaffolding and lift will be placed on the west elevation of the Church, the view of the Church that can be seen from Alamo Plaza.


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Part of Bonham Street, in front of the Crockett Hotel, is closed temporarily for utility work and street improvements. A portion of one of the northbound lanes of Alamo Street, in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed. This closure is temporary.

Several excavation units have been opened inside the Church. The units in and around the Long Barracks have been completed, however the building remains closed as archaeologists use the area for screening and storage of soils until completion of all excavations.

A section of Crockett Street, which runs in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed to vehicular traffic for Alamo Plan phase one construction.


With October being Texas Archaeology Awareness Month, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the most exciting discoveries at the Alamo recently. For the past 15 months, the Alamo has been making progress on archaeological investigations in the Long Barrack and Church, two of the oldest buildings in Texas. These investigations are meant to help determine the state these historic structures are in, and what needs to be done to preserve them for future generations.

In March, archaeological field work was completed in association with the installation of safety perimeter bollards around Alamo Plaza. …


Yesterday, Alamo Trust, Inc. issued a press release about the construction of a new Exhibition Hall and Collections Building; you may see that release below.

This statement prompted some questions from our social media audience that we would like to address:

  1. Is this Exhibit Hall and Collections Building the world class museum that was previously referenced in the Alamo Plan?
    This facility is not the museum but an additional exhibition hall and work space for Alamo staff. The museum that will be located on the west side of the plaza will still be created. …

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Part of Bonham Street, in front of the Crockett Hotel, is closed temporarily for utility work and street improvements. A portion of one of the northbound lanes of Alamo Street, in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed. This closure is temporary.

Several excavation units have been opened inside the Church. The units in and around the Long Barracks have been completed, however the building remains closed as archaeologists use the area for screening and storage of soils until completion of all excavations.

A section of Crockett Street, which runs in front of the Menger Hotel, is closed to vehicular traffic for Alamo Plan phase one construction.


by Kristi Miller Nichols, Director of Archaeology, Collections, and Historical Research for the Alamo

Excavation of duct banks has continued within the Phase I section of the Plaza and along Crockett and Bonham Streets. Much of the sewer and water line replacements have been completed, with no significant artifacts or archaeological features encountered. Currently, the work is focused on the installation of electrical duct banks. During the excavations, the trenches have revealed quite a few gas and other utility lines that had not been marked on the current utility maps.

Much of the soil encountered during the course of the trench excavations have revealed the amount of disturbance that Crockett and Bonham Streets have had over the years. Only a few pockets of intact soils were identified, with even fewer artifacts to help give context. …

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