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RIO HONDO, TEXAS

Cameron County, Texas Gulf Coast
Off FM 508 and FM 1846
Bordering on Harlingen City Limits (NE)
Population: 1,942 (2000)

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RioHondo TX Arroyo Colorado Draw Bridge
Arroyo Colorado Draw Bridge
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Spanish for "deep river," the community was named in 1910 for being on the Arroyo Colorado. A post office was granted the following year and opened in the store of J. R. George. The population was 150 in 1914 when the town had most essential businesses - as well as a restaurant. The population grew to 250 in the mid-1920s and by the end of that decade it had swelled to 1,000. The Great Depression took its toll - and by the end of the 30s, the population had decreased to 713. A rebound in the 50s put it over 1,100. The population in 2000 was given as 1,942.
Rio Hondo Texas Arroyo Colorado
Arroyo Colorado
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Rio Hondo Texas Cameron County Office
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Stagecoach to the Rio Grande historical marker, Rio Hondo, Texas
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