The Alamo and four Spanish colonial Catholic missions in Texas are being designated U.S. World Heritage sites by the United Nations, as is reported by USA Today. The designation, announced Sunday, marks the first time that a Texas site has been deemed of “outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity” by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, sometimes referred to as the “intellectual” agency of the UN.
Perhaps the donation of tens of millions of dollars worth of Alamo-related memorabilia by musician Phil Collins sped up the process, as was reported last year by Christina Rees. The UNESCO designation is expected to add tons of tourist dollars to the Bexar County economy.
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