John Wayne in Texas

The remains of the set John Wayne built for The Alamo, built by famed production designer Al Ybarra.

This photo of the chapel designed by Al Ybarra was taken during the

Alamo Reunion in May 1998. Alamo Village, north of Brackettville, was originally constructed as the set for John Wayne's magnum opus The Alamo  and was then turned into a tourist attraction.  The last time the site was open was in January 2018, for the liquidation sale of remaining props. 

Original invitation to the World premiere of John Wayne's The Alamo, on October 24th 1960, at the Woodlawn Theatre in San Antonio.

John Wayne's invitation to the World premiere at the Woodlawn Theatre in San Antonio which was especially equipped to show the Todd-AO format. The landmark moviehouse today: 

John Wayne in one of the few scenes shot on the soundstage: Davy Crockett on the set of Flaca's room.

Batjac built their own interior sets on the grounds of Fort Clark. This scene in Flaca's hotel room, where Davy Crockett (John Wayne) meets his love interest, was actually created in the makeshift sound stage at the airport hangar, built in 1921 in the southwest corner. The Fort Clark Resort today:



John Wayne directs Carlos Arruza, playing Santa Anna's messenger in "The Alamo".

Directing the Mexican cavalry, arriving at the town set. Carlos Arruza, to John Wayne's right, was one of the most prominent bullfighters of the 20th century.  As a tourist attraction, "Alamo Village" in Texas finally closed its doors in 2018. 

Rudy Robbins, "It Do" in "The Alamo", and Pilar Wayne 1998 in Brackettville.

Rudy Robbins ("It Do" in the movie) and John Wayne's widow, Pilar Wayne, on the Cantina porch, during the 1998 reunion. During the filming in 1959, the Wayne family lived at the Wainwright House at Ford Clark. Pilar occupied it again in 1998.

John Wayne directing Richard Boone in "The Alamo".

Even though "Alamo Village" is no longer open to the public, several of the John Wayne locations around Brackettville can still be visited. Behind the stables of Clark Springs Horse Club, a small road bridge leads over Las Moras Creek. This is where the Tennesseans knock the sentries over the railing. Follow the creek and you'll find the brick wall where the Mexican dancers entertained the troops. Across from the golf course, about four hundred yards upstream of Las Moras Creek, is where they put Houston’s tent camp. In this candic shot, John Wayne is directing Richard Boone as Sam Huston. 

John Wayne delivers his "Right and Wrong" speech under Flaca's Tree, in Utopia, Texas.

Davy Crockett’s speech about “right and wrong” was filmed on the banks of the Sabinal River, eight miles below the town of Utopia. John Wayne personally asked for permission from the McCullough family to film on their lands.

Davy Crockett arrives: John Wayne filmed this sequence for The Alamo on Leona Ranch.

Davy Crockett (John Wayne) arrives: the scene in The Alamo in which the Tennesseans approach San Antonio and startle deer and birds was filmed on Leona Ranch, north of Brackettville. It was known for its abundance of wild game. 


John Wayne utilizes Goose Creek Oil Field in Baytown, Texas, for the first action sequence of "Hellfighters".

John Wayne returned to the Lone Star state eight years after his directorial debut in The Alamo for the action routine HellfightersGoose Creek Oil Field in Baytown provided views of a multitude of derricks next to onshore and offshore wells right at Tabbs Bay

John Wayne in Huston: the headquarters of "Hellfighters"' Buckman Company were located downdown.

The headquarters of John Wayne’s outfit in the film, The Buckman Company, was located just off Interstate 45 in Houston. The windows looked out over the skyline of sixties-era Houston. John Wayne's character, Chance Buckman, is based loosely on the life of real life firefighter Red Adair. Adair himself, along with his men "Boots" Hansen, and "Coots" Matthews served as technical advisers.