In March of every
year, a few days after the final demise of the
numerous people report being awakened in the early morning hours by the
sound of horse galloping on the pavement. Many believe the unseen
rider is that of James Allen who was the last courier to leave the
on the evening before its final battle. Wandering restlessly, he is
thought to be attempting to return to the
with his report to Colonel Travis.
Stories are also told of a tall thin man and small child that are often
seen on the roof of the
mission at sunrise. In the final hours of the siege, Colonel Juan Andrade,
as well as several other Mexican officers, stated that they were
"horrified" when they saw a man with a small child in his arms, leap to
the ground at the rear of the
Two other small boys are also spied following tour groups on the property.
Seemingly, these lads just "appear” behind the group, then just as quickly
vanish when the group reaches the sacristy room. Thought to be the
Artilleryman Anthony Wolfe, the boys, aged nine and twelve, were killed in
the final assault. Hiding in the
Mission, they were mistaken for
defenders and killed by the advancing Mexicans.
ghost who is reportedly seen is that of John Wayne. When the "Duke”
directed and acted in the 1960 movie "The Alamo,” he became obsessed with
its history. Insisting on historical accuracy he personally toured
the Alamo on
several occasions and consulted the actual blueprints of the fortress
before spending some $1.5 million dollars
re-creating an exact replica of the old mission in Brackettville,
In addition to a replica of the mission, an entire village was
constructed for the movie, which has since become a tourist attraction and
has been used as the set for other films. Shortly after he died, staff and
visitors began to report sightings of the "Duke” walking the grounds of
Some say he is often seen talking with the spirits of the original
Today the Mission San Antonio de Valero and the Long Barracks are dwarfed
by the many tall buildings that surround the historic site. Though
these two remaining buildings of the compound looks very small in
comparison, the fortress once expansed some 5 ˝ acres. Dominating
the area to the north of the original
settlement, the fortress once housed numerous outbuildings and was
surrounded by thick walls. Over the years, the fortress walls were
dismantled and buildings began to spring up surrounding what was left of
compound. Many of these walls are now buried beneath the streets of
However, the restless spirits don’t seem to comprehend this as they
continue to wander in or about the surrounding area, through "newer”
buildings that were never associated with the fortress.
Guides tell visitors that nearly every store front building on
Plaza, which face the church are also haunted. Built directly over one of
the old compound walls, the spirits of those who died defending the
compound are said to roam the area.
Two locations where the bodies of those in the Battle of the
were buried are also said to be haunted. Many of those who died
were burned near the spot where the River Center Marriott stands today.
Here, a book store located beneath the bridge allegedly experiences
ghostly activity, including one corner of the store that stays very cold
and books that frequently fly off the shelves of their own accord. The
bodies of the Mexican soldiers were taken to a spot that today is a
children's park across from Market Square nearly a mile away from the
Reportedly, the park is extremely haunted.
Plaza, numerous reports have been made of a spectral woman who has been
seen walking across the plaza. Legend has it that the female apparition
was one of two women who were walking across the mission grounds in the
1700's and were struck by lightening. One of the women died and the
other survived. Some speculate that the woman is the one who was
killed on that fateful day so long ago.
Outside of town, on the road that leads from Nacogodoches to
there have been dozens of reports of a lone man, dressed in early 19th
century clothing, often spotted walking along the highway. Carrying
a long rifle, when passersby stop to inquire, the man responds that he is
trying to "get back to the
where he belongs." Many speculate that this lonely specter is that of
Louis M. (Moses) Rose, the
only "coward." Rose was the only man who refused to join the
defenders and chose to escape instead. Regretting his flight, he
apparently is riddled with guilt and tries over and over again to regain
his honor by returning to the battle.
There is no doubt that
and the surrounding area is extremely haunted as tourists, rangers, and
staff have reported such phenomena as grotesque man shaped forms emanating
from the walls of the
screams of those who fought in the battle are still heard today, voices
and whispers filter through the walls, and invisible eyes seemingly watch
the many people that work at and visit the historic site. Other
phenomena also occurs, such as eerie cold spots throughout the buildings,
vanishing lights and unexplained noises.
of America, updated April, 2017.