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Kinney County, Texas
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Alamo Village, 7 miles north on RM 674, is a recreation center built around the movie set for John Wayne's, The Alamo, filmed in 1959. One of the largest and most complete sets ever constructed in the U.S., the Alamo replica was built by adobe craftsmen from Mexico. It overlooks a complete frontier village of the 1800s. Operated by Shahan Angus Ranch, the set includes a cantina-restaurant, trading post, Indian store, authentic stage depot, old-time jail, bank, saddle shop, and other typical Old West structures. During the summer months visitors see shows, often interrupted by shoot-outs between frontier lawmen and desperados. Open daily at 9 a.m.

Historic Buildings: St. Mary Magadalene Catholic Church dates from 1878; Masonic Lodge Building c. 1879, was the original county courthouse.

Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery, 3 miles south on county road, dates from the frontier era. The scouts were descended from slaves stolen from plantations by Florida Seminoles. Moved to Oklahoma after the Seminole War, may scouts migrated toward Mexico. The Army hired 150 as scouts to follow trails of raiding Indians. A group settled in Brackettville around Fort Clark. Descendants remain as farmers and ranchers and maintain the old cemetery which includes the graves of four Medal of honor winners.

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