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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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    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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    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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    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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    San Agustin Historic District

    by Basaic Written May 28, 2014

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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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    La Posada

    by Basaic Written May 28, 2014

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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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    Laredo Community College

    by Basaic Written May 28, 2014

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    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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    Veterans Memorials

    by Basaic Written May 28, 2014

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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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    Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

    by Basaic Written May 28, 2014

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    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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