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The Cochran Family Collection - Alamo Village and Big Bend National Park (1960)

Dennis Jay Cochran

Silent | 1960

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  •  Replica of the Alamo mission 
  •  The set also included a recreation of 1830s San Antonio de Béxar 
  •  Crossing a bridge over the Rio Grande to return to Texas from Mexico 
  •  Chihuahuan Desert 
  •  On the banks of the Rio Grande 
 
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This home movie segment captures the Cochran family on a trip through West Texas in 1960. First, they 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. Next, the Cochrans visit Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, taking hikes through the Chihuahan Desert and relaxing by the banks of the Rio Grande.