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DEL RIO, TEXAS

"The Best of the Border"

Val Verde County Seat, West Texas

On US Hwy 90 and US 277
56 miles N of Eagle Pass
32 miles W of Brackettville
154 miles W of San Antonio
Across the border from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico
Population: 35,788 (2010) 33,867 (2000)

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Del Rio TX aerial view
Del Rio, 1939 - Most of these buildings are extant today.
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.

Historical Marker (on109 W. Broadway):

The City of Del Rio

City of Del Rio Del Rio was selected as Val Verde County seat when the county was organized in 1885, but it was another 20 years before the first city government was established. In 1905, city residents voted to incorporate, and James McLymont was elected first mayor. Although records from the early 1900s are scarce, there are indications that Del Rio unincorporated after 1906. In November 1911, voters elected to incorporate again under the city commission form of government. A home rule charter was adopted in 1918, allowing for greater flexibility in governing. The city commission remained in place until a 1967 election set up a council-manager system of government for Del Rio. (2002)
Del Rio Attractions & Nearby Destinations
Val Verde County courthouse, Del Rio, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2009
Val Verde County Courthouse
  • Val Verde County Jail
  • San Felipe Springs : Just east of town on Highway 90. The source of San Felipe Springs flows from area next to golf course. 90,000,000 gallons of pure water flow from this pool daily. North side of Hwy 90.
  • Whitehead Memorial Museum :
    1308 S. Main Street 830-774-7568
    Roy Bean may be forever linked to Langtry, but he's buried here (with his son). A wide array of exhibits on 21/2 acres of grounds.

    Nearby Destinations & Recreation
  • Ciudad Acuna, Mexico
  • Brackettville/Fort Clark Springs
  • Devil's River State Natural Area
  • Seminole Canyon State Historical Park
  • Amistad National Recreation Area
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  • Del Rio, Texas Landmarks / Photo Gallery

    Del Rio has kept a surprising number of its buildings and it is easy to imagine the city as it was in the 1940s.

    Likewise, residential neighborhoods are intact and most of the ugly commercial growth has occurred on the Highway between Del Rio, Laughlin AFB and Lake Amistad.

    First United Methodist Church, Del Rio Texas
    The First United Methodist Church, just north of the courthouse.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2009
    Methodist Church, Del Rio, Texas old postcard
    Methodist Church as it appeared in 1949
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
    First United Methodist Church close-up details, Del Rio Texas
    Close-up view of the First United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2009
    Abandoned  Church, Del Rio Texas
    An abandoned church on the west side of the courthouse square.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2009
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Del Rio, Texas
    The Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    The Sacred Heart Catholic Church:
    "On the east side of the courthouse.
    Built of native limestone, it was completed in 1892 and remodeled in 1929." - Terry Jeanson
    Del Rio Tx Sacred Heart Catholic
    Another view of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    More Texas Churches
    Roswell Hotel, Del Rio, Texas
    Roswell Hotel in the 1930s
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    More Rooms With a Past
     E. Losoya St Del Rio courthouse square showing  Boswell Hotel
    "On E. Losoya St. north of the courthouse looking west. The building in the distance on the far left is the Roswell Hotel."
    - Terry Jeanson, January, 2009
    Kress Building, Del Rio Texas
    The Kress Building seen from the courthouse square.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2009
    See Kress Buildings Across America | Texas Architecture
    High school, Del Rio Texas
    "High School, Del Rio, Texas"
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
    Del Rio High School, Texas
    Del Rio High School today.
    TE photo
    More Texas Schoolhouses
    Bank building, Del Rio, Texas
    Former post office, Del Rio, Texas
    L - Former bank building
    R - The former Post Office now serves as a Probation Office

    TE photos, 2000
    More Texas Banks | Texas Post Offices
    Griffin, Del Rio Texas
    Griffin.
    TE photo
    Del Rio Texas Main Street old post card
    Main Street, Del Rio
    Postcards courtesy www.rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
    Del Rio, Texas Main Street old ostcard
    Main Street, Del Rio
    Postcards courtesy www.rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
    Del Rio Tourist Information
    Del Rio Chamber of Commerce:
    1915 Avenue "F"
    830-775-3551
    Website: www.drchamber.com/

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    Val Verde County Texas 1940s map
    Val Verde County 1940s map showing Del Rio (by the Rio Grande)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Del Rio, Texas Area Towns:
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    Eagle Pass
    Brackettville
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