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.