Despite what the Texas Land Commissioner calls "spectacular and erroneous reports to the contrary," the Alamo is not being turned over to the United Nations, or anyone else, The Texas General Land Office said today.
According to a media release, Texas Land
Commissioner Jerry Patterson today attempted once again to let Texans know that
if the Alamo and the other Spanish missions in San Antonio are added to the
UNESCO World Heritage List, the Alamo will remain entirely under the control of
the state of Texas and the Texas General Land Office.
to a media report that the UN flag will fly over the Alamo, Patterson responded
bluntly: "Horse hockey."
Patterson said that a World Heritage Nomination will not change the status of the Alamo or any of the other Spanish missions in Texas. Authority, jurisdiction and ownership will stay as it currently is, under the state of Texas.
might think that getting on this list means the UN has some sort of influence
at the Alamo. Those folks must not be from around here," Patterson said. "The
people of Texas own the Alamo now and in the future. Nothing is going to
team at the Land Office has reviewed this. I have personally met with the
National Park Service staff working on this nomination and I am absolutely
satisfied that a World Heritage Nomination will have no affect on the Alamo
other than a possible increase in foreign tourists."
said the World Heritage Nomination is akin to the National Historic Landmark
program operated by the National Parks System.
because the Alamo is a National Historic Landmark does not mean the federal
government owns the Alamo," Patterson said. "It's a tourism designation
indicating it's a place of historic significance. That is all. Same
goes for the World Heritage List."