Alamo

David Martin Davies

Texas has seceded twice in its history. The attempt during the Civil War didn’t go well but one could say breaking away from Mexico did. And there are those who would like to try secession again from the United States.  The Texas Nationalist Movement says they are building momentum and voters could soon have their say about Texas independence.

San Antonio is home to two important tourist attractions – the Alamo and the River Walk – which are in competition for the top tourist destination in Texas.

George P. Bush Headlines Red Carpet Alamo Event

May 19, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Blazing guns, tough talk, cowboys riding into the sunset — the Monday night premiere of Texas Rising at a red carpet Alamo event was vintage Texas with a bit of Hollywood flair. 

A Lone Star-studded audience including Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Cecilia Abbott, the first lady of Texas, got a sneak preview of the new miniseries about the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers. (Gov. Greg Abbott reportedly got hung up in Austin.) 

“It’s one thing to play a hero in a movie. It’s quite another to be a hero in real life,” said Bill Paxton, who plays his ancestor Sam Houston in the series. 

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

There was a flurry of social media posts on Friday by people concerned that their favorite beer was losing its popular logo. But a lawsuit settled this week means that Alamo Beer gets to keep the famous facade on its label.

On the surface, it seems like a complicated legal entanglement, but it really boils down to one simple statement from the General Land Office: “Alamo Brewing Company is the first commercial recipient of an official license to use the Alamo mark, for which they paid a substantial licensing fee.”

Alamo Beer CEO Eugene Simor says it’s been almost a year since his company filed a lawsuit to get another company, the Texian Brewing Company, to stop using the Alamo on its beer labels.

Simor says three days after his filing, the Texas General Land Office took notice and filed as an intervenor.

This story comes from Texas Standard.

For about a century, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) were caretakers of the Alamo. The group rescued parts of it from being demolished and made efforts to carefully preserve its history.

But new Texas General Land Commissioner George P. Bush ended an arrangement with the DRT last month. Bush cited multiple issues – including the DRT’s failure to keep the Alamo operating without placing significant financial demands on his office.

That’s ignited a new battle over the Alamo.

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