Almo Plaza
Southwest Corner

Walk West and cross Alamo Street towards the ruins.

Housing for Indians converts originally made up the west wall of Mission San Antonio de Valero.  At the time of secularization, the house on the south west corner was deeded to the Charlie-Losoya Family. 

During the Siege and Battle of the Alamo, this interior structure known as the "Charli" workshop, was dismantled and, converted into an artillery platform by filling it with earth for the purpose of mounting the largest (and most famous) cannon of the battle, a cannon that could fire an iron ball weighing 18 pounds...the “18 Pounder”.  It was here that Colonel Juan Morales’ troops entered the Alamo on the morning of March 6, 1836.
This is the gun that Colonel Travis defiantly fired in response to Santa Anna's demand for surrender. Santa Anna raised a red flag of “no quarter” over San Fernando Cathedral. Lt. Col. William B. Travis wrote, "We have answered their demands for surrender with a CANNON SHOT, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls." Thus began the thirteen-day siege of the Alamo. There would be no prisoners. This would be a fight to the death.

Somewhere in this stretch of original mission rooms it is believed that Tejano defender Toribio Losoya had been born. He was the only Alamo defender to begin and end his life in the Alamo.
Gary Foreman Photography

Gary Foreman Photography/Mark Lemon Model

The Alamo Collection

Courtesy of The Alamo Collection, Artist Gary Zaboly

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Almo Plaza


This mobile tour of historic Alamo Plaza would not have been possible without the assistance of many partners.

Dr. Bruce Winders, The Alamo Curator, Historian and Author

Gary L. Foreman, Native Sun Productions

George Nelson, Author of The Alamo: An Illustrated History

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas

State of Texas General Land Office

The Alamo Chapter #40, The Sons of the Republic of Texas

Bob Benavides, San Antonio Living History Association

City of San Antonio’s, Office of Historic Preservation

City of San Antonio’s, Center City Development Office

Images were provided by the following individuals and institutions:

Gary Foreman Photography/Model by Mark Lemon

The Alamo Collection, Artist Gary Zaboly

Mike Harris

The McNay Art Museum

George Nelson

Bruce Mackenzie Martin