It was lunchtime and I went hunting for food. I realized I was carrying my new little compact camera. (I just couldn’t resist the 66% off price — what a deal.) Wanting to test it out, my hunt was going to include some picture-taking in the heart of San Antonio.
The Buckhorn is a well known tourist establishment. From its website: “For over 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Today, the saloon houses a Café, Gift Shop, Shooting Gallery and our two museums, the Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum.”
I’ve walked by it many times but my interest this particular day was this in the doorway…
This is a frame of where the outer walls were and where much of the battle took place until they were breached. They set between buildings and in front of the main entrance to the Riverwalk. And you can see they are quite a distance from the iconic chapel. (The last fighters were in the chapel.) It’s quite the commercial tourist area, which has come under fire lately by those who feel the Alamo deserves more reverence than having a street right through the center of the “real” compound and having a carnival atmosphere (which includes a Ripley’s across the street).
To one side of the Alamo is a federal building. I’ve always liked this impressive building and besides federal offices it houses a post office. The angled building is the Emily Morgan Hotel. It was built in1924 as an office building and its style is influenced by by Gothic revival. It was repurposed as a hotel in the 80s.