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“Savior of the Alamo” Lay in State in the Alamo Shrine

July 17, 2014

July 17 marks the 69th anniversary of Clara Driscoll‘s death in 1945. Clara Driscoll, the “Savior of the Alamo,” was the philanthropist and Daughter of the Republic of Texas who provided the money to buy the Alamo for the State of Texas when this historic landmark was threatened with demise in 1905.

Clara Driscoll, "Savior of the Alamo," who offered the money to purchase the Alamo buildings for the State of Texas and who led the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in becoming custodians of the Alamo.

Clara Driscoll, “Savior of the Alamo,” who offered the money to purchase the Alamo buildings for the State of Texas and who led the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in becoming custodians of the Alamo.

Clara passed away in Corpus Christi in her penthouse at the top of the Driscoll Hotel, but she was brought back to San Antonio. On Thursday, July 19th, she was given the great honor of laying in state in the Alamo Shrine, a privilege only extended to three others since the Alamo became a State-owned site in 1905.

Clara lay in state in the Alamo Chapel for three hours as friends, dignitaries, colleagues, and well-wishers filed passed to say their good-byes to the great philanthropist and civic leader.

Clara lay in state in the Alamo Chapel for three hours as friends, dignitaries, colleagues, and well-wishers filed passed to say their good-byes to the great philanthropist and civic leader.

Clara Driscoll was buried in Masonic Cemetery, one of San Antonio’s historic cemeteries. Her family erected a large mausoleum in her memory where visitors can still learn about this important figure in the preservation of Texas history.

Clara Driscoll's mausoleum stands in the Masonic Cemetery today. A Texas Historical Marker was erected in her honor in 1978.

Clara Driscoll’s mausoleum stands in the Masonic Cemetery today. A Texas Historical Marker was erected in her honor in 1978.

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