The Alamo LbNA # 45356
|Placed Date||Jan 17 2009|
*** Part of my TX Movies Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 400 yards RT)
The Alamo was a 1960 film about the famous battle of The Alamo, starring John Wayne. Though several versions have been made, this is still my favorite. It was filmed in Kinney County because local rancher and businessman James T. "Happy" Shahan convinced John Wayne's Batjac Productions to film The Alamo here. Alamo Village was built for the set and continues to be one of the largest and most complete back lots in the world, hosting over 200 major films. It is a fun place to visit, but to find this letterbox you must go to Fort Clark Springs in town, where John Wayne stayed while filming. It is a great place to visit with much of the fort restored and even a spring-fed swimming pool.
From Hwy 90 in Bracketville, go south on Fort Clark Road into Fort Clark Springs. You must check in at the gate, but just tell them you are touring the fort and hiking the nature trail and ask for a map. Continue on Fort Clark Road, following the signs for camping, and turn left on Scales Road. Just after you cross a bridge, turn right on a gravel road into Comanche Campground and park by the hiking trail along the creek.
Walk toward the creek and go left on the hiking trail for about 100 yards to a white metal "guard post". Continue another 100 yards where you will be between 2 telephone poles when you look across the creek to the right. Turn left and walk 8 steps off trail to a large tree with branches hanging over the trail. Continue another 3 steps to a dead tree 10 feet tall. The microbox is in a front hollow 4 feet high under a rock. Please re-cover well.