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    Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

    by Basaic Written May 28, 2014

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    Lake Casa Blanca

    Lake Casa Blanca International State Park is a 371 acre recreational park located on 1656 acre Lake Casa Blanca. Activities include fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, bird watching, and camping. There is also a golf course next door. This park is popular with Texans and Mexicans alike.

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    Veterans Memorials

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    There are several veterans memorials dedicated to those who served and those who died in various wars and conflicts throughout the history of the United States located in historic Jarvis Plaza downtown. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our military in support of our freedom and our way of life.

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    Laredo Community College

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    Laredo Coomunity College

    The campus of Laredo Community College is located along the banks of the Rio Grande at the western end of Washington Street. It is worth a visit to the campus to see the remaining buildings of Fort McIntosh along with the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center and the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium

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    La Posada

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    The hotel called "La Posada" is a very beautiful hotel built on the foundation of an old government building dating from Spanish colonial times along with the old high school and a convent. The architecture is quite beautiful and they have 208 rooms available. Reportedly the hotel is also haunted!

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    San Agustin Historic District

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    The area surrounding San Agustin Cathedral and the square is one of the historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest.

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    Relax in San Agustin Square

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    San Agustin Square is part of the original town of Laredo when it was established in 1755. It was the center of the social and political life of the town, and the cathedral was the center of its religious life. San Agustin Square continues to be a popular gathering spot today (including many of the homeless it appeared). There is a nice statue of Saint Augustine, patron saint of Laredo, in the square along with a gazebo and other statues/markers.

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    San Agustin School

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    San Agustin School

    Two things made the population of Laredo increase rapidly in the 1880s; the arrival of the railroad and the influx of exiles fleeing the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath. This increased the need for another Catholic school and in 1925 land and funding was obtained, by Reverend Jesus Prieto. San Antonio architect Luis Fuessel designed the school using elements of the Gothic Revival style of architecture and the school opened in 1927. This is a very nice example of the Gothic Revival style.

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    St Peter's Catholic Church

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    Saint Peter's Catholic Church

    St Peter's Catholic Church was built in 1897 by famed South Texas architect Heinrich Portscheller using the Gothic style of architecture and was the first Catholic Church in Laredo to hold services in English. The church was the center of the historic district that sprung up after the railroad came to town in the 1880s, and is still a center of community activities today.

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    See San Agustin Cathedral

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    The San Agustin de Laredo Parish was established in 1755 and the first church was built on this site in 1767. The current building, which is very impressive, was completed in 1872. It was elevated to cathedral status in 2001.

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    Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Sciences Center

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    Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Sciences Center

    This museum is designed to teach kids of all ages about the creatures of the Rio Grande Watershed. Indoor and outdoor displays house American alligators, 5 species of turtles, large Gar fish, a variety of other fish, amphibians, rodents and more. There are also a large number of plant species on display including a neat cactus garden and a wildflower hill. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM on college class days and 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturdays.

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    Fort McIntosh

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    Fort McIntosh was established by the U.S. Army in 1848, immediately after the war between Mexico and the United States. The fort was in use until 1946 and was a series of forts guarding the border and was used by the Border Patrol. Today a few of the buildings remain and are a part of the Laredo Community College. It is worth driving to the campus to see the buildings.

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    Laredo Center for the Arts

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    The Laredo Center for the Arts presents all types of artistic expression through displays from local artists, along with those from Texas and the World. The exhibits change often and are well-presented. When I was there they were changing exhibits so there was not much to see (and part of the display space was closed) but I did like the colorful costumes from various parts of Mexico (Photo 4). The Center for the Arts is located in the old City Hall which was built in 1884 along with the "Market House", an indoor retail/market space built adjacent to it. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday (8 PM on Thursday) and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Admission is free.

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    Casa Ortiz

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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    This impressive home was built in 1830 on land granted to Don Jose Reyes Ortiz by the King of Spain. Ortiz was a merchant and negotiated between Mexico and Texas. Five generations of the Ortiz Family lived in this home. It is now open as a museum. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

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    Border Heritage Museum

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    This museums uses changing exhibits to depict the history, culture, and life of the people on both sides of the border and the way they blend in the border area. The museum is housed in the very impressive Gonzalez-Monemayor Home and is very close to the border itself. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $2.

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    Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

    by Basaic Updated May 27, 2014

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    Texas has had six flags flying over it through the years; but Laredo has had seven. From 1840 to 1841, Laredo was the capitol of its own country, the Republic of the Rio Grande. The republic was founded by a group headed by Antonio Canales in January 1840 in support of the old Mexican Constitution from 1824. The republic lasted 283 days. The building that housed the government is now a museum displaying guns, documents and other items related to the republic. This is a neat museum and the people running it were nice. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $2.

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