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Having selected the most satisfactory location, from an individual point of view, having
"done" the streets and shops, grown weary of the sights and sounds and odors across
the San Pedro, tired of the varying scenes from the plaza benches, familiar with the
parks, drives and walks about town, there yet remains much to command attention, much to
while away stubborn hours. For there remain the unread pages of San Antonio history,
pages yellowed with age, stained with blood and replete with live historic interest.
.,Beginning with the chapel of the old Alamo, facing northward to the plaza of the same
name, the landmarks of an outlived day and long-dead influence rear their ruined walls here
and there along the roadside for a distance of ten miles from the city. Everyone knows the
bloody tragedy of the Alamo; San Fernando Cathedral is remembered as Santa Anna's head-
quarters by all; most are familiar with the collective designation of the San Antonio Missions;
some have heard of the unique facade of San Jose de Aguayo, Huica's grand old masterpiece;
but lie who goes to see and study the detail of these crumbling walls finds many an
unexpected secret of antiquarian lore. The old Convent of the Alamo, founded in 1732 by the
Franciscan Fathers at Goliad, was removed to San Antonio de Bexar in 1762. The original
outer walls have been replaced by the plaza park; the refectories, granaries and outbuildings
had been demolished even before Travis' last fight. Nothing now remains but the bleak,
bare chapel, a few gloomy cells and memory's encircling halo of the martyrs of 1837.
You may yet see the room where Bowie, sick and dying, was lifted murderously on the
bayonets of the Mexican besiegers; you may go into the dark hole where the magazines
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