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Did You Know the Alamo is Home to the Graves of Two Beloved Cats?

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The history of the Alamo is rich with the stories of Texan defenders. However, this Alamo story is about meows and purrs, rather than a battle to the death. It’s a little-known fact that the Alamo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also shelters two cat graves. While on your exploration of the beautiful chapel, the armory from the battle, and other attractions, stop by the graves of two beloved Alamo cats in the courtyard.

Did You Know the Alamo is Home to the Graves of Two Beloved Cats?
Did You Know the Alamo is Home to the Graves of Two Beloved Cats?

About Alamo Cat Graves

Ruby and C.C. were two cats who made the Alamo their home; the former in 1981 and the latter in 1996. They were cared for by the staff and soon became residents of the Alamo, greeting its visitors. Ruby passed away in 1986 and had a children’s book written about her. What glory for a cat to make it into the books! C.C. would respond to her caretakers calling out to her in either English or Spanish. She died in 2014.

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Photo: Facebook/Jessica Shelton

The caretakers adored these little furry animals and were pretty much attached to them. No wonder they honored the cats by placing their graves amidst the historic monuments. It seems cats always find a way into the Alamo courtyard and tend to make the place their home. The newest furry resident is Bella, who has followed in the footsteps of Ruby and C.C.

Planning to visit?

Did You Know the Alamo is Home to the Graves of Two Beloved Cats?
Photo: Facebook/Darlene Parker Dickerson

The cat graves lie behind the employees’ gate and are located at the back of the courtyard in a restricted area. However, you can easily view them from the gate. If you are planning to visit Alamo, please note that entrance is free, but you must pay for a guided tour.

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