Alamo Village Movie Location

Box 528

Bracketville, Tx. 78832

March 08, 2000

While in Del Rio, Bob and I took a short run up to Brackettville, accompanied by Sue and Lynn Davis, to see the first Texas movie stage location. Known simply as Alamo Village. This sprawling complex was the stage for John Wayne's 1959 epic movie "The Alamo". The Alamo set took 2 years to build. Upon completion, the movie would be the most expensive movie then made in the U.S. with costs topping 12 million dollars (a drop in the bucket by today's standards). The Alamo, and the town, were built with a dedication to authentically replicating San Antonio during the early 1800's. More then a million and a quarter adobe bricks were made and used. It took 12 miles of water pipe, 30,000 square feet of imported Spanish roofing tile, and a million square feet of concrete flooring. The Alamo Village is a complete town with jails, saloons, general stores, hotels, stables, a church, bank and blacksmiths shop. Additional construction allows this, one of a kind, facility to serve movie production companies as a fort, hacienda, frontier town, or deserted Mexican village. Its many buildings, store an assortment of props from stage coaches, wagons, buggies, surreys, guns and period clothing. A prize herd of registered Texas Longhorns roam the ranch along with quarter horses, goats and sheep, all ready to lend their talents to the acting profession. Near the rear of the village is a two room adobe building which houses the John Wayne Museum. Here we found all the promotion stills taken during the filming of the movie along with a large assortment of candid shots taken during the production. As the movie is one of my favorites, I found the set shots of John Wayne and Richard Widmark talking or resting between scenes, most interesting. Excluding the Alamo, the list of movies and other productions which have been filmed here goes on for a while. Many I had never heard of, but "Lonesome Dove" did catch my eye. The list runs from the Roy Rogers show, to a video "Tougher then Leather", by Willie Nelson. The set is not done yet, the movie "Jericho" starts filming here next month. During the season, the Village produces several performances and gun fights each day for the tourists' pleasure. I encountered one of the men who works for the Village as I wandered around the town. He takes part in many of the reenactments that are staged there. He has starred in a number of films that have been done there as well. He bills himself as a "Cowboy poet" and, as such, has taken part in many of the events featuring cowboy poets and/or cowboy poetry. His name was Dave Crowe and we talked at length about how he had come to be where he was in his life at this time.
In this picture you see Lynn trying out his new Mavica camera. He has a camera similar to ours, but a newer model. Digital
cameras are a lot of fun and afford you the ability to take a lot of pictures without a lot of expense since they take their pictures on the same floppy disk that you use in your computer.
Unfortunately, as this was the off season, we were not able to see any of the reenactments but a different experience was available. The strange, almost eerie feeling as I walked down the center of the street of a ghost town, and pictured Clint Eastwood riding toward me on a dusty horse as tumble weeds blew across the street, and the sun beat down on my face with its withering effects. Ah, what can I say, I'm a romanticist. (Sighhhhhh)

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