The Alamo Takes on the 10-Year (and 100!) Challenge

The Alamo
The Alamo
Jan 9, 2020 · 4 min read

Have you seen or posted a 10-year challenge photo comparison of yourself on social media? Popular over the last few months, the Alamo site is perfect for a 10-year, 20-year or even 100-year challenge!

The Alamo has over 300 years of history to look back on, so we thought the new year would be the perfect time to compare how the Alamo looks today versus 10, 20, 30, 40, or even 100 years ago!

For our first comparison, let’s see how different the front facing view of the Church is today from what it was ten years ago, in 2009.

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Left: The Alamo in 2010, Right: The Alamo in 2019.

While we’re going down memory lane, what did the view from the front of the Church look like in the 80s and 90s?

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The front of the Church in the 1990s.
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A crowd outside the Church in the 1980s.

One of the most significant additions to the Alamo grounds in the past few decades has been the battle cannons used in the Battle of the Alamo. Several of the cannons used in the 1836 battle have been restored by Texas A&M University’s Center Conservation Research Lab, and are now on display. The battle cannons have been on display in the past, the difference being that now they have been conserved so that future generations can see them when they visit.

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One of the restored battle cannons on display in the Arcade.

In 2018, bronze models of the Alamo at various points in its history were installed outside the Long Barrack, in Alamo Plaza. Created by artist George Nelson, these models were donated by Phil Collins.

In addition this, six stunning bronze statues were installed in the Cavalry Courtyard in 2019. Part of the San Antonio Sculpture Trail, a series of statues throughout downtown San Antonio, these statues pay tribute to historic figures that left their mark on San Antonio. The statues located at the Alamo honor James Bowie, David Crockett, Susanna Dickinson, Juan Seguin, John William Smith, and William Barret Travis.

In 2016, our living historians brought history to life for visitors in the Living History Encampment. Inside the Alamo gardens, the Living History Encampment is open during normal operating hours and gives visitors insight into the tools, medicine, artillery, and activities that occupied the lives of people on the Texas frontier in the 19th century.

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Left: A bronze statue of Davy Crockett in the Cavalry Courtyard, Right: One of our Living Historians in the Living History Encampment.

The Alamo doesn’t just look different through items like cannons, bronze models, and statues, it has also changed quite bit through our increased public programming and special events.

If you have visited recently, you may have attended one of our public events like Commemoration, Crockett Fiddle Fest, An Evening With Heroes, or Cannon Fest. Several of these events were added in the past decade, and have become annual favorites that visitors keep coming back for.

Commemoration is a 13-day event between Feb. 23 and March 6 every year, where we host special events and programming daily, to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo.

An Evening With Heroes is an after-hours theater, depicting what life was like for the Alamo defenders right before the battle in 1836. An Evening With Heroes happens ever year during Commemoration, and tickets for this year’s event are on sale now.

Davy Crockett was a renowned fiddle player, and our annual Crockett Fiddle Fest brings popular fiddle performers together for a full day of western swing, bluegrass, and old time country music. Bands like Roadside Libby, Bret Mullins Band, Dennis Ludiker’s Open Road Swing Band, and Jason Roberts have performed in recent years.

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Left: Living Historians dancing at Fiddle Fest, Center: A cannon firing demonstration at Cannon Fest, Right: One of the many staged scenarios presented to tour goers at An Evening With Heroes.

With as much history as the Alamo, the opportunity to do a 100-year challenge is just too great. The site looks very different today than it did 100 years ago, as you can see in the photo from 1918 below.

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Alamo Plaza in 1918.

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