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New outdoor Alamo exhibit recreates ‘iconic’ cannon fired in 1836 battle

The 18-pounder Losoya House exhibit features a full-size replica of a cannon used during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836




It took researchers 18-months to recreate the iconic cannon   Credit: PJ Media

The Alamo Trust in San Antonio, Texas, US, has unveiled a new outdoor exhibit that aims to further guests’ understanding of the Battle of the Alamo and the significance of a particular cannon.

The 18-pounder Losoya House exhibit, which opened in April, consists of a full-size replica of a cannon used during the battle in 1836. The cannon, described as an Alamo icon, was fired by Texian fighters to warn Mexican troops that they wouldn’t surrender.

The exhibit was created by SRO Associates, a San Antonio-based exhibition design firm, and was designed to resemble part of the Alamo fort. It provides an up-close look at the cannon and teaches visitors about the home of Alamo defender José Toribio Losoya, who was born at the Alamo in 1808 and died defending it in 1836. According to Alamo historical researcher, Kolbe Lanham, the exhibit is even on the same site as the original in the Alamo compound.

It took 18-months to construct the cannon and carriage, which have been recreated from historic photographs, as well as visits to San Pedro Springs Park, where the original disappeared. Researchers also used military draft cards to get the correct dimensions of the cannon.

“It’s extremely important to remember the Battle of the Alamo, but also who was here,” said Lanham.

“This is the first time anyone has stood at that level, next to a cannon of that size in Alamo Plaza in 185 years.”


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New outdoor Alamo exhibit recreates ‘iconic’ cannon fired in 1836 battle

The 18-pounder Losoya House exhibit features a full-size replica of a cannon used during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836




It took researchers 18-months to recreate the iconic cannon   Credit: PJ Media

The Alamo Trust in San Antonio, Texas, US, has unveiled a new outdoor exhibit that aims to further guests’ understanding of the Battle of the Alamo and the significance of a particular cannon.

The 18-pounder Losoya House exhibit, which opened in April, consists of a full-size replica of a cannon used during the battle in 1836. The cannon, described as an Alamo icon, was fired by Texian fighters to warn Mexican troops that they wouldn’t surrender.

The exhibit was created by SRO Associates, a San Antonio-based exhibition design firm, and was designed to resemble part of the Alamo fort. It provides an up-close look at the cannon and teaches visitors about the home of Alamo defender José Toribio Losoya, who was born at the Alamo in 1808 and died defending it in 1836. According to Alamo historical researcher, Kolbe Lanham, the exhibit is even on the same site as the original in the Alamo compound.

It took 18-months to construct the cannon and carriage, which have been recreated from historic photographs, as well as visits to San Pedro Springs Park, where the original disappeared. Researchers also used military draft cards to get the correct dimensions of the cannon.

“It’s extremely important to remember the Battle of the Alamo, but also who was here,” said Lanham.

“This is the first time anyone has stood at that level, next to a cannon of that size in Alamo Plaza in 185 years.”


 
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