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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: 33,867 (2000)

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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 Attractions & Nearby Destinations

  • The 1887 Val Verde County Courthouse
    Illustrated with vintage and contemporary photos
  • 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
    Del Rio Tourist Information
    Del Rio Chamber of Commerce:
    1915 Avenue "F"
    830-775-3551
    Website: www.drchamber.com/

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  • Del Rio Architecture - Courthouse Square & Beyond
    Vintage & Contemporary Photos

    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
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    Roswell Hotel, Del Rio, Texas
    Roswell Hotel in the 1930s
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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     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
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    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
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    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
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    Griffin, Del Rio Texas
    Griffin. TE photo
    Del Rio aerial view
    Aerial view of Del Rio, 1939. Note Courthouse in background.
    Old Postcard, TE Archives
    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
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