'Alamo' movie set closes after owner's death

July 7, 2009 11:19:23 AM PDT
For decades, tourists have been able to visit the movie set where John Wayne held off Mexican soldiers in the movie "The Alamo," but the Alamo Village in Brackettville is now closed. The owner of the village, 93-year-old Virginia Shahan, had kept it open to visitors, trail rides and other movie shoots for nearly 50 years. But after her recent death, the attraction has been closed to visitors until her family determines what to do next.

The movie inspired a generation of would-be cowboys and cemented in people's imaginations an outsized image of the Alamo that dwarfs the real thing in downtown San Antonio.

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