The Man Who Witnessed the Fall of the Alamo

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From Texas Standard:

Fransisco Antonio Ruiz was there.

He was an eyewitness, as the alcalde – or mayor – during the siege of the Alamo. While the siege was going on, Ruiz's father, José Fransisco Ruiz, was 150 miles to the east at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he represented San Antonio as a delegate to the convention that formally declared Texas' independence.



Almost since the beginning of the motion picture industry, people have been telling the story of the Alamo on film. A quick check of IMDb reveals over a dozen movies about the Alamo that have been produced, and the oldest surviving feature among them, Martyrs of the Alamo, turns 100 on November 21, 2015.

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Ozzy Osbourne paid a visit to the Alamo to film a show for the History Channel and reportedly apologize for a 1982 urination incident. 

Ozzy Osbourne fans crowded the musician draped in his signature long black hair and sunglasses as he emerged from a black SUV at the corner of Alamo Plaza with his son Jack on Thursday afternoon. The two were followed by a film crew and surrounded by police.

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Directly across the street from the Shrine of Texas Liberty, three buildings will soon be in the hands of the Texas Land Office for future planning. The GLO is the steward of the Alamo as well.

If you've grown up in the Alamo City, you've seen the Palace, Woolworth, and Crockett buildings bunched up together starting at the corner of Houston St. and Alamo Plaza. Right now they're owned by Service Life and Causality Insurance Company. In the early to mid-1800s the ground these structures now stand on was part of the original mission of the Alamo.

In March, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas sued the state of Texas' General Land Office over the contents of the Alamo Library–now the Alamo Research Center.

The Daughters contend they own most of the more than 30,000 items in its collection. The lawsuit came shortly after Land Commissioner George P. Bush ended the contract of the Daughters as managers of the Alamo.