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Ghosts of the Alamo

Listed under Paranormal in Appalachian States, United States.

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The Battle of the Alamo took place in the city now known as San Antonio, Texas, and lasted for thirteen desperate days in 1836, remembered as a significant turning point in the Texas Revolution. The Texan Mexicans and Europeans (then known as Tejanos and Anglos) fought for their independence and almost all of them died when the siege ended after thirteen days with the capture of the Alamo Mission by the Mexican Army.

Originally built in the 18th Century as the San Antonio de Valero Mission, the compound was intended for use as a school of Christianity for local Native Americans and operated as a fortress on a number of occasions, the Battle of the Alamo being just one of these. It is now a museum, a national shrine and a symbol of the bravery with which the Texan defenders, including William B Travis, Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, fought and died there.

Almost every part of the compound is reputedly haunted and the distinctly-shaped, famous church at the centre is just a small part of what was once a six-acre sanctuary, cemetery and fort. The ghost stories began during the great battle itself when, as legend tells, the Mexican soldiers advanced to burn the church and were confronted by the ghosts of six dead defenders. They then tried to set fire to the long, front building of the compound and a giant spirit is believed to have risen from the roof, a fireball in each hand, ready to strike down anyone who tried to damage the place.

Vandalism and graffiti eventually led to the employment of security guards around the Alamo complex in the 1980s, and their experiences at the site during the hours of darkness led some of them to give up their jobs altogether. Reports have regularly been made of a phantom dispatch rider in a cowboy hat who appears next to the church, soaked and shivering as though he has ridden through a storm. The ghost of another defender is said to watch eternally from the window at the front of the church, a mysterious female spirit has often been described as appearing near a well in the grounds, and a tall, imposing Native American man supposedly haunts the basement, watching people as they move about the room and then dissolving through a wall. Interestingly enough, the wall covers a tunnel that used to lead to a hotel across the road, which is believed to harbour the ghost of Theodore Roosevelt.

Two other nearby hotels (one of which was used as a hospital during the Battle of the Alamo and the other the site of a murder), a federal building, a park and the police station are also named as the sites of a great deal of paranormal activity.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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Built as a mission and home for missionaries and Native American converts, the Mision Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo became a fortress during the Texas Revolution. It was the site for one of the definitive battles of the conflict in February and March 1836. A Government of Texas had been formed demanding independence from Mexico and when the Mexican military poured into Texas to retake it, rebels and revolutionaries captured and occupied the Mission and its town, San Antonio. Strategically positioned on the route of the Mexican forces, the Alamo was fortifed against attack and armed with cannons. The siege that followed pitched approximately 200 men inside against 6000 outside and made many men into legends; Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and William Barret Travis to name a few. They were only able to hold out for 13 days, taunted and poked from outside and finally slaughtered in hand to hand combat, but that was enough time to mobilise forces deeper into Texas and the Texas Revolutionaries won their independence. “Remember The Alamo” was the battle cry of the mobilised forces showing their appreciation for the sacrifice of those who fought before them. Now a free attraction, the buildings of The Alamo are around 250 years old, but all have undergone renovations during that time. After the conflict the Mexican Army were ordered to demolish the Alamo but only demolished part of it. Wooden structures were added by the US Army in the 1840’s but they were removed to keep it looking as much as it did during the siege as possible.

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