This photo of the Alamo is the oldest known image of Texas

This photo of the Alamo is the oldest known image of Texas

Photo: Briscoe Center For American History

The 1849 daguerreotype is the earliest datable photograph taken in Texas. It shows the front of the Alamo chapel. It is the only known photograph of the Alamo taken before the 1850 reconstruction that added the distinctive curved gable to the top of the church facade.

 

SAN ANTONIO — The oldest dated photo of Texas was taken in San Antonio in 1849 and shows three men in front of the state’s most precious landmark: the Alamo.

The photo, which now resides at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, is actually a daguerreotype – the first widely available …….. read more here.

By Kolten Parker

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