Decision to Allow Booze at Alamo Draws Criticism • by Shefali Luthra • July 13, 2012 A decision to allow alcohol at the Alamo Complex, announced yesterday by the Texas General Land Office, is drawing criticism from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The hallowed ground, the daughters said, is no place for a beer bash. The DRT, which had charge of the complex until last year, has long opposed allowing alcoholic beverages at the site, said organization President Katherine Thompson. “It’s actually where men died fighting for freedom, and we feel that offers you a different level of respect,” Thompson said. “That standard to keep that respect would not be a party atmosphere — not to drink, not to celebrate. It’s not a place to celebrate. It’s not Disneyland.” But Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said he did not see how allowing alcohol to be served would be disrespectful. “I’m a retired Marine — I’m a Vietnam veteran — and I’ve been involved in many toasts,” he said. “I don’t see anything irreverent.” In fact, Patterson, a history buff, said only one of the men who fought at the Alamo was a teetotaler: Lt. Col. William Travis. The rest were “sleeping off hangovers” the morning of the 1836 battle, he said. The site where alcohol will be allowed is a reception area that previously served as a fire station, Patterson said. The building was not a part of the “original footprint” of the Alamo compound as it existed in the 1800s. Thompson compared the site to Gettysburg or the U.S.S. Arizona, saying such locations deserve a respect that goes beyond what one might display at a museum. But Patterson said alcohol is allowed at reception halls near both Gettysburg and the Arizona memorial. Patterson said the Land Commission, which the Legislature last year gave control over the site, did not have a particular reason for allowing alcohol but that it didn’t see any rationale to prohibit it. He said he did not expect the commission to change its decision. The DRT has considered allowing alcohol at the site before, Patterson said, though the measure never received a majority vote from the organization. “It’s not as if we dropped this on them and they never heard of it,” he said. The decision will go into effect at the end of July. Thompson said that if the state does intend to allow alcohol, the DRT will want to have a voice in establishing rules or regulations for how that change is implemented.
As a Crockett descendant , I can tell you that TN whiskey was present at the Alamo .None of the Tennesseans would have gone to TX without it. The DRT folks are over the top . They always were. And I... more
Go ahead allow booze at the Alamo, show the world how weak and stupid we have become as a once great country and how our morals are going down the tube. Go ahead get stupid- might as well join the... more
I'm not sure the "Alamo Complex" was a part of the Alamo when I went years ago. I don't remember it. I can't see them allowing persons to carry around alcohol in the Alamo itself. It was really... more