DEL RIO

General.. The population is 31,.240 and the altitude is 948

Bills itself as “Queen City of the Rio Grande,” seat of Val Verde (green valley). County that covers more than 3,000 square miles. Agriculture includes cattle ranching, extensive production of sheep, lambs, wool, and mohair from Angora goats. Abundant hunting for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, javelina, dove and quail. Fishing, boating and water sports on Amistad Reservoir. With some 400 archaeological sites, area is among nation’s richest in aboriginal cave paintings. Local transportation makes it easy to visit Mexico just across the border. Regularly scheduled crossings throughout the day to Citidad Acuna.

For complete visitor details, maps, brochures, and Mexico information visit the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, 1915 Avenue F. Open weekdays.

AMISTAD RECREATION AREA

- Swimming beaches, marinas, boat ramps, free campgrounds administered by National Park Service on U.S. side of huge international Amnistad Reservoir. From Recreation Area headquarters on U.S. 90 at west edge of Del Rio, obtain information, maps, brochures, and directions to Panther Cave. Outstanding Indian pictograph site.

CIUDAD ACUNA -

City across Rio Grande from Del Rio. Intriguing night spots, restaurants, fascinating shops offering handmade silver, decorative wrought iron, jewelry, woven goods, leather craft, pottery and souvenirs.

SAN FELIPE SPRING AND MOORE PARK

- Lush oasis in semiarid setting. Springs were important watering stop on historic Chihuahua Road that connected the Texas port of Indianola with Chihuahua City, Mexico. Springs flow some 90 million gallons of pure water daily.

VAL VERDE WINERY

- Family enterprise in its fourth generation, founded in 1883 by Italian immigrants. Grapes had been grown in the area sine 1825, but other varieties from Spain, America and Mexico were introduced. Still operated by the family, the winery welcomes visitors during regular business hours. Access visit Pecan Street south.

WALKING TOUR

- Visit downtown area of historic buildings, churches and homes dating from the 1800’s, including the 1887 courthouse. Also ancient acequia system (irrigation canals) still in use. Walking tour brochure from the chamber of commerce.

WHITEHEAD MEMORIAL MUSEUM

- Dedicated to the life and legends of frontier Southwest, museum in rustic structure that was early trading post serving both Texas and Mexico. Judge Roy Bean and his son are buried on the museum grounds. Open Tues. - Sat. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1308 South Main Street. Admission is charged.