Eagle Pass, Texas

Eagle Pass was the first U.S. settlement on the site of the Rio Grande and began during the Mexican War with the establishment of the temporary Camp Eagle Pass. In 1849, the permanent Fort Duncan was founded. After the Civil War, the site became the burial plot of the Confederacy when, on July 4, 1865, General Joseph Orville Shelby, on his way to Mexico to offer his troops' service to Maximilian, paused in the middle of the Rio Grande stream to bury the last Confederate flag to fly over his men.

Today Eagle Pass is an international gateway and tourist center and the seat of Maverick County. The city is the retail shipping center for the 40,000-acre, irrigated winter-garden region. The international bridge to Piedras Negras, just across the Rio Grande, connects U.S. 57 with the Mexico 57 that leads to Monclova, Saltillo, San Luis Potosí and Mexico City. Portions of the route go through scenic areas of the Sierra Madre. Sportsmen enjoy fishing for the famous (and huge) Rio Grande catfish, as well as hunting for white-tailed deer and upland game birds.

Eight miles south of Eagle Pass is a 125-acre site developed as the federal reservation for Kickapoo Indians, a tribe that for years had special border-crossing permission.

Campuses for Southwest Texas Junior College and Sul Ross State University are also here.

Stop by and visit Fort Duncan, which was established in 1849 and was home to three companies of the 1st U.S. Infantry Regiment as well as Confederate troops during the Civil War. There are also many old stone buildings at the center of the municipal park.

Annual events include the International Friendship Festival in late March or early April, which includes a carnival, a parade, baseball and golf tournaments and more.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lucky Eagle Casino

Operated by the Kickapoo Indians, this handsome facility features bingo hall, and Las Vegas-type games with state-of-the-art equipment. Also features restaurant, sports bar and scheduled live entertainment. Off F.M. 1021 (El Indio Highway)

Eagle Pass, TX Casinos

Piedras Negras, Mexico

A comfortable walking distance from downtown Eagle Pass, across the Rio Grande, is the busy Mexican city of Piedras Negras; population about 280,000. Handicraft items at bargain prices in many shops and traditional Mexican market area. Restaurants and popular night clubs;

Eagle Pass, TX Day Trips

Fort Duncan

Established 1849 and occupied by three companies of 1st U.S. Infantry Regiment. During Civil War, post was occupied by Confederate troops of Frontier Regiment. Federal troops reoccupied post 1868; it remained under military authority until 1916

Eagle Pass, TX Forts

Guerrero, Mexico

Twenty-eight miles south of Piedras Negras, on Mexico Highway 2

Eagle Pass, TX Archaeology

Fort Duncan Museum

Housed at Fort Duncan post headquarters building, the museum includes exhibits, artifacts, and photographs from colonial period, early exploration, Civil War, and early 20

Eagle Pass, TX Museums

Things to do near Eagle Pass, TX

Watermelon Statue

A giant watermelon in the City Park honors the famous, juicy watermelons grown in the area. Harvesting usually begins mid-Jun...

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

371-acre park near eastern city limits on the Bob Bullock Loop (Loop 20), just north of U.S. 59. Picnic facilities, RV facili...

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion

Established in 1731, more than 20 years under construction. Massive church with twin towers and cupola is oldest unrestored s...

Mission Del Lago Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 180 days...

Los Ebanos Ferry

Only existing hand-operated ferry of its kind. Carries three cars and limited number of passengers at a time, and you can hel...