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The Alamo, Neighboring Missions, Presidios and Fort Sam Houston

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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Comancheria & the Southern Early American Forts

Picture of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

To visit the missions in San Antonio, click here. Visit the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad.

Picture of the Alamo by Charles M. Robinson, III from the book, Frontier Forts of Texas
Picture of the Alamo by Charles M. Robinson, III from the book, Frontier Forts of Texas

Frederick Law Olmsted's First Hand Account of 1856 San Antonio.

Map of Expansion of Spanish Missions, Settlements, an dPresidios, 1746-1779
Map of Expansion of Spanish Missions, Settlements, and Presidios, 1746-1779,
from the book, Gone to Texas, by Randolph B. Campbell
Fort Sam Houston
Picture of Fort Sam Houston
Photo from the book, Texas Forts, by Wayne Lease.
Fort Sam Houston
1210 Stanley Road
Bldg. 123
Fort Sam Houston
San Antonio, TX
Hours of Operation (Fort Sam Houston Museum)

10am to 4pm Tuesday through Friday and 12pm to 4pm Saturday

Closed Monday & Sunday; most Federal holidays

If your unit, organization or group cannot visit during these hours, contact the Museum Director.

Photo of Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle taken by Charles M. Robinson, III from the book, Frontier Forts of Texas
Photo of Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle taken by Charles M. Robinson, III from the book, Frontier Forts of Texas.
Admission

Free

Facilities and exhibits are accessible to all people.

Open to the Public.

Designed for military personnel but suitable for general audiences.

Fort Sam Houston actively collects materials related to the history of the installation and Army history in general.

Exterior of the Alamo, Texas
Exhibits

Depict the history of the installation in chronological order starting in 1845. The history of the post is displayed in exhibits representing the ten majors periods of development of Fort Sam Houston. Each exhibit highlights important events during the period and includes the uniform, weapons and equipment of the soldiers and photos or other graphic media. Additional exhibits feature distinguished soldiers or units which have served here. Supplementary exhibits present topics of general military interest such as weaponry and military rations.

Communities and Related Links
Fort Sam Houston Web Site
Alamo Web Site

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