Missions Accomplished

This story is from Texas Monthly's archives. We have left it as it was originally published, without updating, to maintain a clear historical recor...

January 18, 2023
4:22 AM

This story is from Texas Monthly's archives. We have left it as it was originally published, without updating, to maintain a clear historical record. Read more here about our archive digitization project. When visitors come to San Antonio to see the Alamo, the most common reaction is surprise. 'It looks so small!' the tourists say. The reason, of course, is that San Antonio has grown up around the Alamo. City streets and an abandoned post office encroach on the ancient mission's boundaries. The Alamo is a shrine to heroes, but it has lost its heroic dimensions.

Jan Jarboe Russell