Historic 'Victory or Death' letter leaves Alamo

Historic 'Victory or Death' letter leaves Alamo

Credit: KENS 5 staff

Historic 'Victory or Death' letter leaves Alamo

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by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:27 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- After a 13-day visit back to the Alamo, the historic "Victory or Death" letter is back in Austin. It was escorted out of the Alamo under heavy security Friday morning.

San Antonio motorcycle police lead a motorcade of DPS troopers in patrol cars that surrounded a large truck to Texas' capital city. A DPS helicopter also flew over the caravan.

According to the Texas Land Commisioner's office, the historic document was removed from the Alamo in a blue box and placed into a climate controlled trailer for the 45 minute trip.

The letter will be examined once it arrives to make sure it has not been damaged. 

The public display at the Alamo didn’t come without a lot of excitement. Officials said more than 23,000 people came down to see the historic letter penned by Lt. Col. William Barret Travis.

That number doesn’t include Thursday’s attendance.

On top of that, the gift shop at the Alamo saw record sales in the last two weeks, bringing in nearly $300,000.

That money is important since the Alamo relies on that revenue for daily operations and education programs.

This was the very first time the iconic letter was back at the Alamo, where it was written 177 years ago.

Officials said there’s no telling when the letter might be back at the Alamo. Ultimately, state legislators have the power to decide its fate.

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