Friday, June 14, 2013

San Antonio's Most Enigmatic Tourist Attraction-Davy Crockett's Tomb by @HawkeyeOnAir


I'm pleased to share with you a guest post by fellow Texas mystery writer Mark Louis Rybczyk, author of newly released The Travis Club. If you live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, you might better recognize Mark as the longtime morning radio host Hawkeye, on radio station 96.3 KSCS. Mark and his his partner Terry Dorsey have the city's longest running FM morning show. They've won numerous awards including the Billboard Magazine's and the Academy of Country Music Air Personalities of the Year.

Mark also hosts "Travel With Hawkeye" a multi platform travel and entertainment company with features on radio, TV and podcasts. You can catch Mark weekly on the CW Network's Eye Opener program.

So settle in and learn a little about the story behind The Travis Club. Take it away, Mark!



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The oldest active cathedral in the US, San Antonio's San Fernando Cathedral

In my book, The Travis Club, I tell the story of a young writer who discovers that the contents of Davy Crockett's tomb in San Antonio's oldest cathedral are not what they seem. He quickly realizes, there will be consequences for his discovery.

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked, "Is Davy Crockett's tomb really in the back of San Fernando Cathedral?"

Yes. And no.

The Tomb at the back of San Fernando Cathedral


Yes, there is a tomb in the back of San Fernando Cathedral. And the tomb does state that it is the final resting place of Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, Jim Bowie and the other defenders of the Alamo. But there is more to the story than meets the eye.

The outside of the tomb has photos of Travis, Crockett and Bowie.


This stone lays adjacent to the tomb.

First we must point out that San Fernando Cathedral opened in 1728, 48 years before the birth of the United States and over 100 years before the Battle of the Alamo. But you may have noticed on the stone above, that the bodies were laid to rest in 1938, 100 years after the battle. That is our first clue that something is amiss.

The controversy about the tomb starts in 1888, when Colonel Juan Segiun wrote a letter stating that he took the remains of the Alamo defenders and buried them beneath the altar at the cathedral. Most people dismissed the letter until nearly 50 years later, when on July 28 1936, workmen digging a foundation for a new altar, discovered charred human remains.

Excitement in San Antonio grew as church officials realized the importance of their discovery. The remains were exhumed with a variety of witnesses on hand, including writer Frederick C. Chabot, Mayor C. K. Quinn, Postmaster D. J. Quill, Adina DeZavala, daughter of Lorenzo DeZavala and Mrs. Leita Small, caretaker of the Alamo.

The remains were placed on public display for a year, then entombed on May 11, 1938. To quell rumors surrounding the findings, the diocese published a now rare book entitled The Truth About The Burial of the Remains of the Alamo Heroes.

Most historians doubt that the remains of Crockett, Travis, Bowie are buried in the tomb. First of all, Santa Anna ordered the cremation of all bodies left at the Alamo. Most likely Mexican and Texan soldiers were burned and buried together.

Secondly, Seguin did not return to the Alamo until after the Battle of San Jacinto, almost a month later. There is an argument that the remains are those of Alamo defenders, but it would be a bit presumptuous to assume they are the actual remains of Davy Crockett.

In my fictional work, The Travis Club, a young writer discovers for the first time, the real story behind the tomb and the consequences behind his discovery.

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Thanks so much, Mark, for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by and tell us a little about The Travis Club!

You can pick up a copy of The Travis Club on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and on the iTunes Bookstore. Find Mark out in cyber space at:

twitter: @HawkeyeOnAir

Facebook: Facebook.com/HawkeyeOnAir

LinkedIn: Mark Louis Rybczyk

website: The Travis Club

blog: Metroplexing