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Del Rio Things to Do

  • Whitehead Memorial Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Established in 1962 by a local ranching family, The Whitehead Memorial Museum ranks high for a community museum. Perhaps its greatest attraction is the grave of Judge Roy Bean, The Law West of the Pecos. This guy served whiskey and life sentences out of the same saloon (Check out my Langtry, TX page for more on him.) Another notable attraction is...

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  • Whitehead Blacksmith

    One of the vary important people in any old west town was the blacksmith. He shoed the horses and made sure they wouldn't get injured and could take you from one place to another. This display shows some of the tools he used to do this.

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  • Whitehead Trains

    Another mode of transportation that aided in the expansion into the west was the train. The museum celebrates the importance of trains in the history of the west with this replica train station and various railroad artifacts including this caboose.

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  • Lake Amistad

    Located just outside of Del Rio on HWY 90, this 67,000 acre lake is one of the biggest draws to Del Rio, and this part of Texas. Amistad Recreation Area attracts people internationally not just for boating and houseboating, but also camping, waterskiing and wakeboarding, nature hikes, and especially fishing. The lake holds several variations of...

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  • Val Verde County Courthouse

    Del Rio is the county seat of Val Verde County and so it is home to the Val Verde County Courthouse. The Val Verde County Courthouse was built in 1887 using the Second Empire Style of architecture. It was designed by the Larmour and Watson Company. I think it is one of the prettier courthouses in Texas.

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  • The Whitehead Memorial Museum

    Established in 1962 by a local ranching family, The Whitehead Memorial Museum ranks high for a community museum. Perhaps its greatest attraction is the grave of Judge Roy Bean, The Law West of the Pecos. This guy served whiskey and life sentences out of the same saloon (Check out my Langtry, TX page for more on him.)Another notable attraction is...

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  • Whitehead: Wine

    My last entry for the Whitehead Memorial Museum is one that I know will be near and dear to a lot of my fellow VTers. There are a number of good wineries in the area. The museum has a display about some of them along with this wine cask which holds over 1000 gallons. Maybe we can borrow it for a future VT meet??

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  • Whitehead: Thank You Fountain

    This Fountain is just inside the entrance to the museum grounds. It was erected to thank all the people who made the museum possible and is nice to sit by and watch and listen.

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  • Whitehead: Prairie Dogs

    They also had several Prairie Dogs on site. Most of them seemed a little shy except this fellow who wanted to pose.

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  • Whitehead: Birds

    There are some displays of birds on the site of the museum too, although I do not believe they are all from the area. Cockatiels are not indigenous to West Texas are they?

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  • Whitehead: Canal

    In 1871 a group of settlers dug canals to divert some water from San Felipe Springs and Creek to irrigate cropland. One of these old canals runs through the property of the museum.

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  • Whitehead: Kid Friendly

    Throughout the museum grounds they have several hands-on displays with fun educational things for the kids to do. Photo 1) Learn how the pioneers washed their dishes and took their baths Photo 2) How did they was their clothes? Photo 3) Dress like a pioneer.

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  • Whitehead: Display Room

    There is also a large building with some miscellaneous displays about the history of the area and the people living here. Photo 1) Not sure if this was a real town or not? Photo 2) Cowboy Campsite Photo 3) Native American Campsite Photo 4) Burial Bed Photo 5) Burial Adornments.

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  • Whitehead: Military

    There is also a building on the grounds showing the history of the military in the area and honoring the contributions of the military past and present.

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  • Whitehead: Trains

    Another mode of transportation that aided in the expansion into the west was the train. The museum celebrates the importance of trains in the history of the west with this replica train station and various railroad artifacts including this caboose.

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Del Rio Restaurants

  • "La China Latina"

    This restaurant has to be one-of-a-kind. They feature Chinese, Korean, and Mexican food, with I believe a few other cultures thrown in. When I was there last year there was a sign announcing "Coming soon: Italian buffet!" so they really try to do it all. You would think the food wasn't very good then since they try to do so much, but actually...

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  • Beware of False Advertising..This is not...

    It was heartened to see a Thai Restaurant in Del Rio and without hesitation entered. there were already signs of warning. there was no asian faces to be seen, all mexican faces. I have eaten thai food cooked by mexicans before in Lincoln and cooked by the chinese in Bruxelles, but this time i was hoping for some panang or massaman curry after days...

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  • Great Asian Buffet

    The Seoul Restaurant offers a variety of Chinese and Korean dishes in an all you can eat buffet. The food is brought out often and they have a decent selection of fruit and deserts too. This is one of the few buffets that had good kimch'i!

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  • European atmosphere on the border

    The restaurant has an European vibe that we were very surprised to find in this area. The food was good and the service too. It was built in the building that used to host the local newspaper, The Del Rio Herald. It's the hip place in town and the Margaritas are good. Seafood is good there, we had calamari and shrimp.

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  • Great Italian Food in Mexicoland

    The place looks great and the service is very good. Apparently is one of the best 10 Italian Restaurants in Texas and I am not surprised. The restaurant offers this kind of appetizer on the house before you order your meal that is made of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic. They serve you warm ciabatta bread with it and it is absolutely...

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  • Best Steak in town

    I've been traveling to Del Rio and neighboring Acuna for several weeks now on business. I've be unable to enjoy a good steak in Del Rio because the only restaurants that serve steak are low end national chains. I found Wrights through and pen pale. I'm impressed. Writes is a traditional Texas country steak house. It servers a few cuts of good beef,...

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  • Del Rio Honky Tonk!

    Bullet Beard/Tod Townsend's barbeque restaurant had a very diverse crowd and tasty barbeque. The interior was interesting decorated like a regular Texas border town honky-tonk, with a bar area and plenty of seating. DOS XX on draft!They have live music on certain nights. A smoke free restaurant inside with an outside smoker's area. I had the Tod's...

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  • Julios' Chips Factory & Mexican Food

    What a great stroy:Garcia, born in Crystal City and raised in Ciudad Acuna, had always enjoyed working as a cook in Del Rio Restaurants and developed his own blend of seasonings that he added to the steaks he grilled. After losing his job when the restaurant closed, he was faced with large credit card debts. He tried marketing his seasoning from...

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  • Good Steaks!

    "Up on Cripple Creek she sends meIf I spring a leak she mends meI don't have to speak she defends meA drunkard's dream if I ever did see one" --The Band Steak!!!

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Del Rio Local Customs

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    by 10eke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Wolfman Jack

    Way back in the fifties, you could drive all the way from New York to L.A. and never lose the Wolfman. For eight years from 1958 to 1966, Wolfman Jack howled nightly on XERF, a 250,000 watt Mexican station just north of Del Rio, Texas. That was back in the days when the kids wore DA. haircuts, peg pants and cruised around the Boulevard in customised cars.

    Wolfman Jack

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Del Rio Warnings and Dangers

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    by Toughluck Written Apr 6, 2007

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    Out on the water, your risk are from water related dangers, tipping over, bad weather coming in quickly. But once you step foot on land or are walking the areas around the lake, be aware of the small critters that can cause problems. Don't step over rocks without looking on the other side first. Be careful when you're walking in areas of rubble, whether its' a tumbled down building or more likely a rock rumble at the bottom of a cliff. These are favorite places for the small critters to hide, as well as snakes.

    Description: Illustration depicts a tarantula and a scorpion.
    Artist: Harlin, Greg/Wood Ronsaville Harlin, Inc.

    Courtesy of NPS

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Del Rio Off The Beaten Path

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    by 10eke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    18 Miles East of Langtry is a thoughtful courtesy of the Texas Highway Department. At the east rim of the canyon, there are two spots for viewing the Pecos River. One is south of the highway and might not be apparent to the driver heading west.

    Both are great for photos, but the South side location is actually a roadside park with picnic tables. This is the best single view of the entire region.

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Del Rio Favorites

  • For years, Roy boasted of his...

    For years, Roy boasted of his 'acquaintance with Miss Langtry,' and promised locals she would one day arrive and sing in Langtry. In 1896, after his firstsaloon was destroyed by fire, Roy rebuilt the Jersey Lilly and constructed a home for himself across the street, which he called the Opera House, anticipating the day when Lillie would perform...

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  • Visit Langtry History of...

    Visit Langtry History of Judge Roy BeanRoy Bean was born in Kentucky in 1823. He had two brothers - Sam and Josh. Roy's parents must have instilled a strong sense of social responsibility in their boys, as all three eventually ended up in some form of public service. Sam became a Sherrif in New Mexico, And Josh was elected the first Mayor of San...

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