On a wet morning this January, I went to the liquidation sale at Alamo Village. There, I spoke with Jamie Rains, the daughter of Happy Shahan, the visionary rancher who courted Hollywood studios to film in his drought-stricken corner of Texas. John Wayne built his famous Alamo set on Shahan's ranch, the most expensive built at the time. After Wayne's film crews packed up and left, Alamo Village became a popular tourist attraction and served as the setting for at least a hundred other productions. Sixty years later, the Village has finally closing for good. Here's my dispatch from its final day.
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