Listening to the radio this morning, I was sorry to hear about the death of 93 year-old Virginia Shahan. Virginia and her late husband, Happy Shahan, were the pioneers of Texas film making. In 1960, Happy built the set for the filming of "The Alamo", starring John Wayne. Since that time, Brackettville has been host to a dozen or more famous movies and documentaries.
Kman and I visited Brackettville a few years ago. It truly was like stepping back in time. Even though I was aware it was a movie set, I could easily imagine life in Texas in the 1800's. Great fun.
In fact, the movie set is much more imaginative and evocative of the period than is the original Alamo - which is so out of place in busy downtown modern San Antonio.
The Shahan heirs are determining what to do with the make-believe town; I hope they decide to keep it open to the public. What a waste to destroy 50 years of history.