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Rio Grande City, Texas

Rio Grande City is the port of entry at the international bridge between the U.S. and Mexico seat of Starr County. The area was included in José de Escandón's Colony of 1753. When General Zachary Taylor established Fort Ringgold in 1848, it added population and permanence.

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Fort Ringgold

One of Texas' best preserved old military posts; named for Maj. David Ringgold, first army officer killed in Battle of Palo Alto that opened Mexican War. Established after Mexican War for protection against Indians and to assure Rio Grande as national boundary; deactivated in 1944

Rio Grande City, TX Forts

La Borde House

Completed 1899 as home and border store by French merchant-riverboat trader. Converted to hotel operated by family until the 1930s. Designed by Parisian architects;

Rio Grande City, TX Historic Homes

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

Replica of venerable shrine in Lourdes, France;

Rio Grande City, TX Shrines

Things to do near Rio Grande City, TX

King William District

Area settled by prominent German merchants in late 19th century, designated state's first Historic District. Virtually all ho...

Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site

Both a state park and international historic site, reconstructed birthplace and statue of one of Mexico's most famous militar...

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...