Money From Alamo Plates Going Elsewhere

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    Frank Heinz, NBCDFW.com

    The specialty license plates bear the image of the Alamo, but it turns out that much of the funds collected from the sale of the plates goes to Austin sites.

    The Daughters of the Republic of Texas collect money from sales of the "Native Texan" plates to support sites they manage, including the Alamo in downtown San Antonio.

    Of more than $213,000 in license money spent, only $37,000 went to the Alamo and almost none went to preservation.

    Meanwhile, the lesser-known French Legation Museum in Austin got $50,000 and the Republic of Texas Museum got $18,000.

    Museum officials say the work is necessary to preserve those sites. But critics argue the money would have been better used at the Alamo, which needs preservation work and attracts 2.5 million visitors a year.