You remember the Alamo, but did you know the historic Texas site is also home to the grave of two beloved cats?


If you grew up in Texas, you probably know all the stories of the Alamo: the heroes, the fallen, even the urban legends. But did you know that the site of the Alamo is also the site where two beloved cats are buried? Seriously.

According to Texas Hill Country, the two cats, Ruby and C.C., roamed around the Alamo grounds and were beloved by the staffers there.

Ruby, a calico cat, lived at the Alamo starting in 1981. According to a cat blog, she started joining the Alamo guards on their rounds, even “earning” a certificate of completion of the security training course at San Antonio College. She even had kittens at one point, but her watch ended when she drowned.  But she was immortalized in a children’s book written by Rita Kerr, “The Alamo Cat.” 

C.C., a.k.a. Clara Carmack, showed up at the Alamo in 1996. She also had kittens while living there, and she took over the guard duties that Ruby left behind. C.C. reportedly understood commands in both Spanish and English, and visitors even took photos with her. She also was featured on Animal Planet’s “Must Love Cats.” She died in 2014.

Both cats were buried on the Alamo grounds and memorialized with bronze plaques. 

Since C.C.’s death, a new Alamo cat has taken over: Bella, who calls the Education Department office her home, patrols the grounds every morning before visitors arrived. She even has a Twitter account.

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