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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Starr County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Starr County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Starr County, TX (16) Brooks County, TX (12) Hidalgo County, TX (67) Jim Hogg County, TX (2) Zapata County, TX (5)  StarrCounty(16) Starr County (16)  BrooksCounty(12) Brooks County (12)  HidalgoCounty(67) Hidalgo County (67)  JimHoggCounty(2) Jim Hogg County (2)  ZapataCounty(5) Zapata County (5)
Rio Grande City is the county seat for Starr County
Adjacent to Starr County, Texas
      Brooks County (12)  
      Hidalgo County (67)  
      Jim Hogg County (2)  
      Zapata County (5)  
 
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1Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — Gregorio Barrera
W.W. II Veteran, POW and Survivor of the Bataan Death March Gregorio Barrera was born in Rio Grande City in 1917 and volunteered to serve in the Army in 1941. He was assigned to the Philippines and was there when the United States declared . . . Map (db m119503) HM WM
2Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — Historic Rio Grande City
(side one – English) Perhaps one of the oldest settlements in South Texas, Rio Grande City is located on lands once settled by Spanish colonizer José de Escandón in 1749. The site was part of a ranching community known as "Rancho . . . Map (db m119501) HM
3Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — 2620 — Immaculate Conception School
In 1884 the Rev. R. M. Olivier, O.M.I., asked the Sisters of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio to start a school in Rio Grande City. Three nuns were sent here and by 1885 were teaching 100 day students in a 3-room school. The Sisters of the . . . Map (db m119502) HM
4Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — 2853 — José de Escandón
In memory of the greatest colonizer of northern Mexico José de Escandón Who directed exploration from Tampico to the San Antonio River, laid out 23 towns, most of which still exist, founded missions, opened roads, and . . . Map (db m119498) HM
5Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — Mifflin Kenedy Warehouse
200 block West Water Street Built in 1850 Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m195577) HM
6Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — 4270 — Rio Grande City, C.S.A
(side one) An official Confederate port of entry, customhouse and major terminus of the cotton road to Mexico. Cotton was the one great money crop of the South that could be sold to hungry European mills for cash for necessary arms, . . . Map (db m119499) HM
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7Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — 4936 — San Agustín de Laredo a Visita
Site of the Mission San Agustín de Laredo a Visita Established in 1749 as a part of José de Escandón’s project to settle the region and civilize and Christianize the Indians. Map (db m119497) HM
8Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — Silverio de la Peña Building
August Furstein was born in Germany in 1828 and emigrated to Mexico. He changed his name to Agustin de la Peña. In 1855, he married Maria Macaria Chavero and moved to Rio Grande City to start a family. They had three children: Agustin Pascual, Jose . . . Map (db m195576) HM
9Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — 4762 — Site of Cortina BattleDec. 27, 1859
Crushing defeat for partisan leader Juan Cortina who in late 1859 laid waste the lower Rio Grande Valley. Cortina's band of 450 were surprised here at daybreak by Maj. S. B. Heinzelman with U.S. Army troops joined by Texas Rangers recruited by . . . Map (db m36733) HM
10Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — 4180 — Site of Old Rancho DavisHome of Henry Clay Davis, a Kentuckian
Came to Texas in 1839 * served with Taylor's army in 1846 * married into the Garza family, pioneer settlers and large landowners in the region * Around his home, Rio Grande City grew up * Steamboats from Brownsville made the town a trading center * . . . Map (db m36748) HM
11Texas (Starr County), Rio Grande City — 5098 — Starr County
Formed from Nueces County Created February 10, 1848 Organized August 7, 1848 Named for Dr. James Harper Starr 1809 – 1890 Pioneer Texas surgeon and Indian fighter Located at Nacogdoches in 1837 Secretary of the Treasury of the . . . Map (db m117573) HM
12Texas (Starr County), Roma — 1697 — First Chapel in Roma
Built by volunteer labor, on donated site, of contributed materials, about 1840. In the years before Oblate Fathers arrived (1853) and built church, some 500 confirmed persons had received sacraments in this chapel from secular priests who lived in . . . Map (db m195575) HM
13Texas (Starr County), Roma — 3200 — Manuel Guerra Store
German architect Heinrich Portscheller (1840-1915) built this modified classic-revival structure for Manuel Guerra (1856-1915) in 1884. Early local example of sand-struck, hand-cast brick construction. Once used as residence and store, it remains in . . . Map (db m195574) HM
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14Texas (Starr County), Roma — 3405 — Mission Mier a Visita
. . . Map (db m119462) HM
15Texas (Starr County), Roma — 1 — National Historic Landmark District / The PlazaDistrito Monumento Nacional / La plaza
National Historic Landmark District Roma's unique history and architecture have received national recognition through several historical designations. In 1972, 15 blocks were designated as the Roma Historic District and listed in the National . . . Map (db m195568) HM
16Texas (Starr County), Roma — 5380 — The Mier Expedition
A body of Texans intent on invading Mexico camped here on December 21, 1842. After being made prisoners at Salado, Mexico, they drew beans, white for life in prison, black for death. 17 members of the expedition were shot by order of General . . . Map (db m119463) HM
 
 
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Dec. 1, 2022