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The Seals Family Collection - Padre Island and Alamo Village

Abilene Preservation League

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Dancing on the beach 
  •  Port Aransas 
  •  Alamo Village in Brackettville 
  •  Replica of the Alamo 
  •  The movie set turned tourist attraction not only recreates the Alamo compound but also 1830s San Antonio. 
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In this 1960s home movie, the Seals family vacations along the Gulf Coast, visiting South Padre Island and Port Aransas. On their return to Abilene, the family stops to tour Alamo Village, a movie set on the ranch of James T. “Happy” Shahan in Brackettville. Featuring a three-quarter-scale replica of the Alamo compound, the Village was built for John Wayne’s The Alamo (1960). Turned into a tourist attraction after production wrapped, the site was subsequently used in over 100 other westerns.