AlamoIn honor of our city’s 300th anniversary, I’m kicking off a new series titled 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio.

Where do we start? At the Alamo, of course!

We all know the story of Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barrett Travis and the 200 other volunteers who, in 1836, lost their lives defending the Alamo against General Santa Ana’s 1,500 troops. The battle lasted 13 days and became a rallying cry – Remember the Alamo! – which led to Texas independence from Mexico in 1845.

Phil CollinsWhether you’re visiting San Antonio or you’re a longtime resident, it’s always fun to stop by the Alamo and have a look around – especially with the addition of the Phil Collins Collection.

Yes, that Phil Collins. The British rocker became enamored by the Alamo at the age of 5. Wearing a coonskin cap made by his grandmother, Collins never missed an episode of Disney’s “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.” He has spent a good portion of his adult years collecting thousands of Alamo artifacts, including a rifle and leather pouch owned by Davy Crockett and an original Jim Bowie knife.

Collins donated his collection – now worth tens of millions of dollars – to the Alamo in 2014. Here’s the video from his announcement. He even wrote a book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.

Several of his items are now on display. Plans are in the works to redevelop Alamo Plaza, including the construction of a new world-class museum that will house the entire collection.

The Alamo is open this summer from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free, though there are various tours you can book for a more in-depth experience.

How about you?

What do you love best about San Antonio? Send me an email and I’ll feature your thoughts in my next email and via my social media.