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Texas - South Texas Plains

Say hello to the Alamo - and adios to the winter blues and the summer doldrums. Soak up some sun in the tropical Rio Grande Valley. Stroll the streets of Laredo. Attend a fiesta, admire a Picasso, and savor a salsa-spiced snack. You will soon find that there is nothing plain about the South Texas Plains. Throughout the year, this fascinating region, from San Antonio to the Rio Grande, offers delights, muy especial!

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Fannin Battleground State Historic Site

A handsome monument marks site where Col. James W. Fannin Jr. and his men surrendered to Mexican army after Battle of Coleto Creek Mar. 20, 1836. Though Fannin believed surrender was on honorable terms, Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna overruled local Mexican commander'

Fannin, TX Historic Sites

Retama Park

Located on 226 acres, this beautiful racetrack opened for live racing in 1995. Features Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred races. Post time for races is 7 p.m., except on Sun. and holidays, when post time is 2

Selma, TX Parks

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

Choke Canyon State Park

Choke Canyon State Park, consisting of two units, 385 acre South Shore and 1100 acre Calliham, is located on 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, a water supply for Corpus Christi. The South Shore Unit is a day-use only park (6 a.m.-10 p.m.)

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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 stone church in U.S., standing as completed in 1755

San Antonio, TX Missions

Atascosa River Park

Towering oak and pecan trees shade picnic area; also tennis courts, athletic fields, and a specially designed playground for children. Off U.S. 281

Pleasanton, TX Parks

The Alamo

The most famous spot in Texas, where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna's army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city'

San Antonio, TX Missions

Missions of San Antonio

In addition to the Alamo, which is managed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, four other San Antonio missions form the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. They were established by Franciscan friars in the early 18th century. A map for the "Mission Trail" driving route (

San Antonio, TX Missions

Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo

Known as the Queen of Missions, is both a State and National Historic Site. Founded 1720; church built between 1768-82

San Antonio, TX Missions

Fannin Plaza

City park at S. Market and Franklin Sts. Includes Texas Revolution cannon, memorial shaft and several historical markers. Nearby is hanging tree on courthouse lawn, and Market House Museum. Newly built children's park, "Fort Fun,"

Goliad, TX Plazas

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

Fort McIntosh

Established by Army in 1848 immediately following Mexican War, fort was in continuous use until May, 1946

Laredo, TX Forts

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