Land Commissioner Approves Alcohol Sales at Texas Landmark

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

A Texas landmark is now serving alcohol and that's not sitting well with everyone.

The Daughter's of the Republic of Texas, who operated the Alamo for 106 years, recently turned over the historic site to the General Land Office.

Now Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is allowing alcohol to be sold on the patio and the Daughter's of the Republic of Texas feel that's disrespectful.

The selling of alcohol wouldn't happen at the Alamo but at the Alamo Hall and patio were receptions, parties and tours happen all the time.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Tammie Smith, the Odessa Chapter President of the Daughter's of the Republic of Texas on Thursday.

Smith says selling and drinking alcohol at a sacred site is highly disrespectful seeing as 189 people died there.

But Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson doesn't think it's disrespectful at all.

In fact, Patterson, who is a Vietnam vet, says he has the upmost respect for those who fell there and that people who visit want to be able to drink there.

"I feel that this is a gross display of disrespect to the 189 Alamo defenders and Mexican army men who gave their lives at the Alamo," Smith said.

"This is not at the Alamo chapel. This is in the building that was not part of the Alamo during the time of the battle and I see no reason not to. I respect the opinions that differ with mine but they simply equate alcohol to irreverence and I do not," Patterson said.

Now, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas members have already begun taking steps to repeal the decision but Commissioner Patterson says there are no plans to change it at this time.