LAREDO

Population 128,433

Altitude 438


General

Rich in south of-the-border-flavor, city is the major international crossing along U.S.-Mexican border. Established by Spanish land grant 1755; became county seat when Webb county organized in 1848. City tops state in number of flags served under: Seven! today Laredo economy is from such diversified sources as retail and wholesale consumer products, importing and exporting (Laredo is nation's largest inland port), petroleum and natural gas, feeds and fertilizers, brick and tile, and visitors form both sides of Rio Grande. Laredo Jr. College and Laredo State Univ. (part of Texas A&M System) are here.

Recent "maquiladora" industry, and binational manufacturing system where U.S. products are assembled in plants on the Mexican side, is prominent in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo.

Since 1898 the Washington Birthday Celebration has honored George Washington as first Western Hemisphere leader to free a New World country form the dominion of European rule; ten-day fiesta celebrated on both sides of the border includes parades, fireworks, dances, and impressive coronation ceremony. Festivities strengthen friendly ties between Texas and Mexico.

FORT MCINTOSH

LAKE CASA BLANCO STATE PARK

LAREDO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

LAREDO VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER

NUEVO LAREDO

REPUBLIC OF THE RIO GRANDE BUILDING

ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH

TEXAS TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER-ONE


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