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DEL RIO, TEXAS HISTORY
Del Rio, Texas

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Del Rio aerial view
Aerial view of Del Rio, 1939
Most of these buildings are extant today.
Note Courthouse in background.
Old Postcard, TE Archives

The Naming of Del Rio & Val Verde

Val Verde is named after the Battle of Val Verde from the Civil War; the only Texas County named after a battle. San Felipe del Rio was Del Rio's "birth name" because the founding occurred on St. Phillip's Day.

Del Rio History

From Handbook of Texas Online
"Del Rio, the county seat of Val Verde County, is on U.S. Highway 90 and the Southern Pacific Railroad near the confluence of the Rio Grande and San Felipe Creek, 154 miles west of San Antonio in the southern part of the county. The Spanish established a small presidial complex near the site of present Ciudad Acuña, the Mexican sister city of Del Rio, and some Spaniards settled on what became the United States side of the Rio Grande. The developments that led to the growth of Del Rio, however, took place after the Civil War. In the arid vastness of Southwest Texas, water was the key to survival; in the vicinity of Del Rio the San Felipe Springs provided millions of gallons. A number of developers acquired several thousand acres adjacent to San Felipe Creek and developed plans to sell small tracts of rich farmland to prospective buyers. These investors formed the San Felipe Agricultural, Manufacturing, and Irrigation Company in 1868. The organization soon constructed a network of irrigationqv canals, completed in 1871. Soon they began to sell small tracts of land to newly arriving settlers, who then established truck farms...." more, see Handbook of Texas Online
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/DD/hed3.html
Recommended Books
Del Rio: Queen City of the Rio Grande (The Making of America)
Val Verde County, TX
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