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Eric Gay, Associated Press
In this Dec. 4, 2014 photo, Rich Curilla locks the doors to a replica of the Alamo, built for John Wayne's 1960 movie "The Alamo," in Brackettville, Texas. Wayne’s movie about the famous siege marked his debut as a director and had an estimated budget of $12 million, huge at that time.

BRACKETTVILLE, Texas — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo.

No, not the original Alamo, but the replica that John Wayne built in Southwest Texas for his Oscar-nominated 1960 epic.

For decades, the 400-acre Alamo Village was a tourist mecca and film production site. It had been carved out of a 22,000-acre ranch about 120 miles west of the real Alamo in San Antonio.

Wayne's movie about the famous siege marked his debut as a director and had an estimated budget of $12 million — huge at that time.

In its heyday, Alamo Village hosted working movie stars and drew hundreds of tourists for musical performances, skits and staged gunfights.

A Corpus Christi businessman is hoping to resurrect it as a Western theme park.