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The Bergman Collection - Trip to Mexico and Alamo Village

Molly Bergman

Silent | 1970s

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  •  Cathedral of Chihuahua 
  •  Plaza de Armas 
  •  Copper Canyon 
  •  Out on the Pacific Ocean 
  •  Aerial footage of the Mexican landscapes, taken from the bridge 
  •  Enjoying a Coke outside the Alamo Village cantina 
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This 1970s home moviecaptures a trip by train through Mexico, with stops at Chihuahua City, Copper Canyon, and the Pacific resort town Mazatlán. While in Mazatlán, the family takes a motorboat onto the ocean to fish for marlins, bringing back a sizable haul. After crossing the border back into Texas, they make stop at Alamo Village, a movie set on the ranch of James T. “Happy” Shahan, in Brackettville. Featuring a three-quarter-scale replica of the Alamo compound, Alamo Village was built for John Wayne’s The Alamo (1960). Turned into a tourist attraction after production wrapped, the site was subsequently used in over 100 other westerns.