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Alamo Village closes itís gates. The End of an Era.
AlamoVillageHomestead.com ^ | Jan 30, 2010 | unknown

Posted on 01/30/2010 4:27:08 AM PST by Daffynition

With the passing of Texas Icon, Virginia F. Webb Shahan, a difficult business decision has been made by family members. Alamo Village is closed to the general public. Our gates have been open to the visiting public and to the film industry for fifty years. At this time, we choose to close the gates of Alamo Village in order to reconstruct management and possibly redirect our efforts toward new positive goals. The future possibilities for this historical movie set are many. At present time, managers and owners continue with sound decision making even in the midst of a troubled economy. Our future goal includes the pursuit of continued business relations within the film industry, producing more and even larger trail drives and promoting individual group tours. As decisions are finalized, announcements will be made to the general public. “To the multitudes of visitors, businesses, employees and dear friends who have contributed to the success of Alamo Village throughout these five decades, we offer our heartfelt gratitude and a sincere Texas thank you.” God Bless us one and all.

September 26th 2009 Tullisha Shahan-Wardlaw passed away. She will be missed as much as her dear Daddy and Mother are.

Our prayers go out to the whole Shahan-Wardlaw family.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; History
KEYWORDS: alamo

1 posted on 01/30/2010 4:27:08 AM PST by Daffynition
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2 posted on 01/30/2010 4:37:28 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
Made my first trip there back in 1965...and the last trip during the late 1990s. It is a fantastic fully built out movie set...not simply faux facades. Back in the 60s the men's rest room stalls still displayed the actor's name.

One could walk unescorted throughout the complex. The fortress compound and mission were a replica of the original....that's the way John Wayne wanted it.

It was always a comfort to know it was there, just outside of Brackettville, Texas....gotta be going there to get there. This is a loss....it will be missed.

3 posted on 01/30/2010 4:45:20 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Daffynition

4 posted on 01/30/2010 4:47:43 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for the post, I hope it opens again...it’s a special place...


5 posted on 01/30/2010 4:50:22 AM PST by The Wizard (I support Madam President, the only President in America today)
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To: cbkaty
Many great films were shot there.


6 posted on 01/30/2010 4:57:19 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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7 posted on 01/30/2010 4:58:22 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: The Wizard
You're welcome Wizard. I've never been there, but the classics that came out of that landmark have endured in my memory.


8 posted on 01/30/2010 5:00:11 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

LOLOL COMEDY


9 posted on 01/30/2010 5:03:26 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (/i/ por vida)
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10 posted on 01/30/2010 5:05:28 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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11 posted on 01/30/2010 5:05:28 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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12 posted on 01/30/2010 5:06:35 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Daffynition

w00t# rm -rvf


13 posted on 01/30/2010 5:06:39 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (/i/ por vida)
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Tommy Lee Jones & Robert Duvall on site....

14 posted on 01/30/2010 5:11:11 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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15 posted on 01/30/2010 5:14:11 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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16 posted on 01/30/2010 5:17:18 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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I’d post my pix...but I have yet to digitize them.....even have video of a filmed gunfight.....kids in the stagecoach..etc. I’ll dig em out someday.


17 posted on 01/30/2010 5:18:17 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Daffynition

\http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p2ce7gOcbo


18 posted on 01/30/2010 5:26:54 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (/i/ por vida)
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To: Daffynition

31 films, great or otherwise, shot there:

http://www.imdb.com/List?endings=on&&locations=Alamo%20Village%20-%20Highway%20674,%20Brackettville,%20Texas,%20USA&&heading=18;with+locations+including;Alamo%20Village%20-%20Highway%20674,%20Brackettville,%20Texas,%20USA

“Centennial” (1978) TV Series 8.5/10 (1076 votes)
“Lonesome Dove” (1989) TV Series 8.9/10 (6492 votes)
“Streets of Laredo” (1995) TV Series 7.5/10 (525 votes)
...aka “Larry McMurtry’s Streets of Laredo” (1995)
“The West” (1996) TV Series 8.5/10 (181 votes)
Alamo: The Price of Freedom (1988) 6.7/10 (101 votes)
Bad Girls (1994/I) 4.7/10 (4959 votes)
Bandolero! (1968) 6.3/10 (1590 votes)
Barbarosa (1982) 6.4/10 (583 votes)
Bullfighter (2000) 2.6/10 (217 votes)
Friend of the Devil (2009)
Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (1994) (TV) 6.4/10 (78 votes)
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990) (TV) 7.0/10 (92 votes)
Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986) (TV) 7.1/10 (81 votes)
...aka Gone to Texas (1986) (TV)
Jericho (2000) 6.5/10 (150 votes)
No Safe Haven (1987) 3.1/10 (38 votes)
Rio Diablo (1993) (TV) 5.1/10 (112 votes)
Sam (1967) 1.7/10 (8 votes)
...aka The Hottest Fourth of July in the History of Brewster County (1967) (USA: alternative title)
Spirit of the Alamo (1960) (TV)
Texas (1994) (TV) 5.7/10 (188 votes)
...aka James A. Michener’s Texas (1994) (TV)
The Adventures of Jody Shanan (1978)
The Alamo (1960) 6.7/10 (5152 votes)
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) (TV) 6.3/10 (250 votes)
The Battle of the Alamo (1996) (TV) 8.0/10 (8 votes)
The Buffalo Soldiers (1992) (TV) 8.2/10 (9 votes)
The Good Old Boys (1995) (TV) 6.6/10 (333 votes)
The Return of Josey Wales (1986) 4.5/10 (45 votes)
Travis (1991) 9.2/10 (11 votes)
...aka The Cost of Freedom (1991) (USA: alternative title)
Two Rode Together (1961) 6.9/10 (1556 votes)
Uphill All the Way (1986) 3.4/10 (72 votes)
Viva Max (1969) 5.7/10 (231 votes)
Wong Fei Hung: Chi sai wik hung see (1997) 6.4/10 (1240 votes)


19 posted on 01/30/2010 5:48:21 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts)
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To: Daffynition
Wow. My grandpa is supposed to be in a crowd scene of The Alamo. I only recently found out & was very surprised, as he was a crusty old-school cowboy who rode & broke horses. Never thought of him as a movie extra.
20 posted on 01/30/2010 5:58:46 AM PST by texas_mrs
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Never thought of him as a movie extra.

I bet that most of the folks in the Brackville area were part of the extra crowd... Great PIX!!!!...anytime one can get an automobile in a pix...it tells a whole nuther' story.

21 posted on 01/30/2010 6:03:51 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Daffynition
I made many trips to AV when I was stationed down the road at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio.It is a very nice place,a friend of mine was an extra in one of the Maverick movies,James Garner visited our base and played golf with some of the Airman,he was a class act.
22 posted on 01/30/2010 6:20:28 AM PST by Hotmetal (Lead,follow,or get the Hell out of the way.554th REDHORSE)
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To: cbkaty

Sounds like a *project.* LOL This place intrigues me; I hope it gets bought-up and kept for people to enjoy.


23 posted on 01/30/2010 6:23:46 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Thanks LiM ... your list is proof that even good/great actors can’t pull a movie off without decent script.


24 posted on 01/30/2010 6:25:43 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: texas_mrs

What a delightful image! Thanks for posting it!


25 posted on 01/30/2010 6:26:26 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Hotmetal
Great story! Thanks Hotmetal


26 posted on 01/30/2010 6:31:51 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

Not my list, imdb.com gets all the credit. Wasn’t sure that anyone on the thread knew about it.


27 posted on 01/30/2010 7:03:27 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Well, you DID the research ...therefore it’s *yours*! :)

Thanks. IMDB is the go-to site fer sure.


28 posted on 01/30/2010 7:51:57 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition
Hellfire and Dalmatians

29 posted on 01/31/2010 4:51:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: texas_mrs

“Wow. My grandpa is supposed to be in a crowd scene of The Alamo. I only recently found out & was very surprised, as he was a crusty old-school cowboy who rode & broke horses. Never thought of him as a movie extra.”

My grandfather was a Wyoming cowboy, born in 1881, and worked in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

He didn’t marry until he was about 40. His nickname was “Tex,” so I assume he may have been in Texas during his bachelor cowboy days.

After marrying and becoming a father, he rode horseback for Marathon Oil to inspect pipelines in northeast Wyoming.


30 posted on 01/31/2010 5:02:17 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: texas_mrs
My grandpa is supposed to be in a crowd scene of The Alamo.

My brother in law was one of the good guys in the latest Alamo movie. He was on screen a couple of times.

31 posted on 02/01/2010 6:19:49 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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