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    Stop at the Texas Welcome Center

    by Basaic Written May 19, 2014

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    There is one of a dozen Texas Welcome Centers located just Northeast of Laredo along Interstate 35. This is probably the most beautiful center in the state with its Spanish influenced architecture and fountains/pools with large goldfish inside them. Stop here to get the Texas Travel Guide and roadmap, along with brochures and handouts for attractions throughout the state. Make sure to pick up the booklet containing special coupons for hotels along the main highways in the state. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM (8 AM to 6 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day).

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    Laredo and Webb County

    by Basaic Written May 19, 2014

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    Laredo is a town of about 248,000 (up 39% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 35 and US Highways 83 and 59 in Webb County in the South Texas Plains section of Southern Texas. It is just across the Mexican border from the town of Nuevo Laredo. Laredo was established as a Spanish land grant in 1755. When the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande was established in 1840 Laredo was made the capitol. When Webb County was formed in 1848, Laredo was chosen as the county seat. Laredo is the largest inland port in the Southern United States and is a major border crossing from Mexico to the United States. Webb County is named after James Webb the Attorney General and Secretary of State for the Republic of the Rio Grande. The Webb County Courthouse was built in 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There was a nice statue of George Washington in front of the City Hall.

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    Laredo Welcome Center

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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    Laredo Visitors Center

    A good place to start your visit to Laredo is the Laredo Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. Here the friendly staff cane provide you with a map of the city, the historic district walking guide and other brochures and information to help you best plan your visit based on the time you have, your interests, and your budget. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

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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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    Washington's Birthday Celebration

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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    Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum

    Laredo does not celebrate George Washington's Birthday like the rest of the country. Here it is a 16 day fiesta celebrating the first leader in the new world to liberate their country from European control. There is a museum dedicated to Washington and the celebration of his birth located in an annex to the La Posada Hotel. Access is gained through the hotel. Get more info through the Washington's Birthday Celebration Association.

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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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    Laredo Center for the Arts

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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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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    Fort McIntosh

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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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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    Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Sciences Center

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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    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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    Better living through chemicals

    by wondertrev Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Go across, buy drugs w/o a perscription, drink heavily, and get thoroughly sedated. You'll soon drive just like a local! Seriously, drug use by the local is a problem, and many gringos come here just to stock up on perscriptions.

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    Border Heritage Museum

    by Basaic Updated May 27, 2014

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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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    See San Agustin Cathedral

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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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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    San Agustin School

    by Basaic Updated May 28, 2014

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    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

    by Basaic Written May 27, 2014

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    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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    Relax in San Agustin Square

    by Basaic Written May 28, 2014

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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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