Del Rio: Queen City of the Rio Grande

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Del Rio's roots grew in the sandy soil by San Felipe Creek along with the myths and dreams of the old Wild West, where the mighty Rio Grande dances through the dusty lands of the Lone Star State. Ancient nomads left their mark in the riverside canyons of this border country long before the springs at Del Rio became a lonely waystation providing water and rest to travelers, merchants, and soldiers marching the long, hot, and dry San Antonio-El Paso Road. When the products of ranching began riding the rails to eastern markets, Del Rio's population exploded and the town became known as the Wool and Mohair Capital of the World. Del Rio: Queen City of the Rio Grande tells tales of the starry nights and shimmering sunlight of the storied Texas frontier, with vivid images detailing the gripping drama and unique memories chronicled here. From the U.S. Army's experimental Camel Corps to the world's most powerful radio stations in the 1930s and the U-2 spy planes involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Del Rio, seat of one of the largest counties in Texas and sister to the thriving Mexican border city Ciudad Acu±a, has played a part on the world stage. Those stories and more, including the little known "Italian Colony" of West Texas and landmark civil rights court cases, are told here.
ISBN: 9780738523873
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Making of America
Images: 200
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Del Rio historian Douglas Braudaway is a member of the Val Verde County Historical Commission and the Texas State Historical Association, as well as the author of two previous volumes of local history. In this new book, he presents more than 100 never before published vintage photographs, detailed maps, and antique postcards that speak eloquently of the Texas frontier. Del Rio: Queen City of the Rio Grande offers readers both young and old an entertaining and informative look at the town from its earliest days to the new millennium.
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