Almo Plaza
West Wall
Trevino House / Travis’Headquarters

In the middle of the sidewalk you should notice a band of darker paving as you walk north towards Houston Street. Stop in front of the present day Guiness Book of World Records Museum.

The west wall of Mission San Antonio de Valero originally consisted of separate houses for Indian converts.  These houses were deeded to the inhabitants living there when the mission was closed. Contemporary drawings and maps indicate this area to be the probable location of the Treviño House, named for an earlier Presidial officer and occupant.

During the Texas Revolution, both sides occupied the old mission compound at different times.  The houses and connecting walls of the west wall served as the western parameter of the fortified former mission.  

During the Siege and Battle of the Alamo, the structures of the west wall served as soldier’s quarters and Colonel William B. Travis’ headquarters.  Mexican soldados (soldiers) were able to enter the compound by breaking in doors and windows that faced outward.  It is likely then that this is where the famous February 24 letter written by Alamo Commander William B. Travis that pleaded for aid "with all dispatch" was penned.  

Twelve years after the battle, U.S. Army officer Capt. Seth Eastman illustrated the structure.
Mexican House

Seth Eastman, Mexican House with Part of the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, from Sketchbook November 1848 Graphite on paper
Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Pearl Brewing Company

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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