A new exhibition at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in downtown San Antonio is like stepping into a time machine, and taking a loot at Alamo Plaza in the 19th Century.


  City Clerk Leticia Vacek has loaned the Briscoe several maps, charts, and photographs which depict the Alamo and Alamo Plaza between the 1880’s and mid 1930s.


  “Some of the documents show the early surveys, and showed what Alamo Plaza would become,” Vacek said.


  “The Alamo: Preserving the Shrine of Texas Liberty and the Growth of the City of San Antonio will be on display at the newly opened museum for several months.  Vacek says some of the historic buildings and events in the photographs will have you kicking the horse manure off your boots.


  “Detailed is the Alamo Church, the Maverick Bank, the Maverick Land Office, the federal building and lodge, and it just goes on and on,” she said.


  Viewers can see the progression of the Alamo from a relatively forgotten relict to the days when the Daughters of the Republic of Texas bought the property  and prevented it from being torn down, to the early 1930s, when the Alamo was being spruced up for the centennial celebration.


  “You can see the laying of the flagstones on Alamo Plaza and the creation of the green strip of grass in front of the Alamo,” she said.


  The exhibition will also bring visitors into the new museum, which just opened late last month, and which displays a dazzling array of items from American western history.