Near Progreso in Hidalgo County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Battle of La Bolsa
In 1859 and early 1860 a series of raids on Texas settlements led by Juan N. Cortina (1824-1894) led to skirmishes with companies of Texas Rangers and U.S. soldiers. These conflicts became known as the Cortina Wars. On February 4, 1860, a battle occurred at La Bolsa Bend (ca. 1 mi. S) between Cortina's Raiders and Capt. John S. "RIP" Ford's Texas Rangers. The Rangers successfully defended the riverboat "Ranchero", traveling downstream from Rio Grande City, from an attack by Cortina's Band. Cortina escaped into Mexico and later became a general in the Mexican Army.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 323.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical date for this entry is February 4, 1860.
Location. 26° 5.245′ N, 97° 56.494′ W. Marker is near Progreso, Texas, in Hidalgo County. Marker is on U.S. 282, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1298 Military Highway, Weslaco TX 78596, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Station Site of Spiderweb Railroad (approx. Progreso (approx. 1.1 miles away); Military Highway of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Relampago Ranch (approx. 1.4 miles away); El Horcon Tract and Rio Rico (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ebony Grove Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Temple Beth Israel (approx. 4.1 miles away); Camp Mercedes (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Progreso.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 275 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 10, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. 2. submitted on January 27, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.