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Thanks to the blending of two distinct cultures, modern Laredo is unlike anything else in Texas. Originally the home of the mayor, the building also served as the capital for the Republic of the Rio Grande.
Fishermen will enjoy the many bass, catfish, and carp found in the lake and everyone else will enjoy skiing, boating, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, cooking out, and camping. Inside the city limits, and running ten miles south, is Zacate Creek.
The creek played a ificant part in the American Civil War when a Union Army of men attempted to invade the town and destroy bales of hay. Colonel Santos Benavides, commanding only 42 men, repelled the Union army three different times at Zacate Creek in what is now known as the Battle of Laredo.
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Today, the town has developed the surrounding area into a park and greenway with a three-mile trail running along the creek. Once the entirety of the town of Laredo, the historic district is now in the heart of downtown. The streets there are paved with brick and the beautiful architecture reflects Spanish and Mexican influences from the 19th century.
The Battle of Laredo took place nearby the fort. No longer an active military base, the fort is now a part of the Laredo Community College campus and is open to visitors year round. Built in the early 20th century, the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum was once a two-story brick home that housed Laredo merchant families.
The Italianate style is easily recognizable and a truly beautiful sight. In the Webb Country Heritage Foundation acquired the home and began major renovations and reconstruction, as the home had been vacant for several years.
Built in the early 19th century, Casa Ortiz is now part of the historical district of Laredo. With incredible views into Mexico and beautiful gardens surrounding the home. Originally a resting place for travellers coming from Mexico, it was known for gracious hospitality and gun fights between locals and raiding parties.
Also a refuge for Catholic clergy in the early 20th century when the Catholic Church was being persecuted in Mexico. The Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Diocese in Laredo.
For those that love history and architecture, this is a must see. Visitors often enjoy sitting in the plaza outside the church for a good bit of relaxing people watching.
You may be surprised to learn that South Texas is one of the best destinations for birding in all of North America. Laredo is a particularly good spot thanks to its location on the Rio Grande River — which provides the perfect haven for many species of birds. Peak season is in January and February when roughly species can be found. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn.