Near North Britton Avenue at 3rd Street (Canales Brothers Street), on the left when traveling south.
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
On 1st Street (Main Street) (Business U.S. 83) at Britton Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 1st Street (Main Street).
(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
On North Britton Avenue at 3rd Street (Canales Brothers Street), on the right when traveling south on North Britton Avenue.
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
On 4th Street at Britton Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 4th Street.
In memory of the greatest
colonizer of northern Mexico
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
On Brittan Avenue (northbound) north of 1st Street (Business U.S. 83), on the left when traveling north.
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
On East 1st Street (U.S. 83) at South Bitton Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East 1st Street.
[seal of:] Texas State Historical Survey Committee Site of Cortina Battle
Dec 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 . . . — — Map (db m36733) HM
On North Britton Avenue at East 1st / Main Street (U.S. 83), in the median on North Britton Avenue.
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
On East 2nd Street at Britton Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East 2nd Street.
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
On North Grant Street (U.S. 83) at North Athens Street (Farm to Market Road 650), on the right when traveling north on North Grant Street.
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