Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini was tasked to design the monument.
After the City of San Antonio purchased the land surrounding the Alamo in 1926, construction of a smaller-scale monument began in 1939.
The famous battle has been idolized on the big screen, and the iconic shrine receives more than 2.5 million visitors a year.less Some Alamo historians believe Juan Seguín, a leader in the Texas revolution, took the defenders' ashes from two of three funeral pyres to San Fernando Cathedral in February 1837, a year after the battle. more But decades later in 1889, a frail Juan Seguin wrote, "I collected the fragments, placed them in an urn and buried it in the Cathedral of San Fernando, immediately in front of the altar -- that is in front of the railing near the steps," according to the book, "The Alamo Defenders: A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo and the Personnel of its Defenders." less But decades later in 1889, a frail Juan Seguin wrote, "I collected the fragments, placed them in an urn and buried it in the Cathedral of San Fernando, immediately in front of the altar -- that is in front of ...more Alas, the remains were discovered in the San Fernando Cathedral's altar in 1936, when construction crews were making repairs, according to an article by Texas A&M University.James Bowie, who was a prominent leader of the Texas Revolution.
He was known as "a clever, polite gentleman," "a true, constant, and generous friend," and a "foe no one dared to undervalue and many feared," according to the Texas State Historical Association.The ashes and other existing remains were then placed in a new shrine, where they remain today.