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About Rio Grande City

Rio Grande City, the county seat of Starr County and one of the oldest settlements in South Texas. The population is 13,834 according to the 2010 census. The city is 41 miles west of McAllen. It is the hometown of former Commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq, General Ricardo Sanchez. The city also holds the March record high for the United States at 108 degrees Fahrenheit. The city is connected to Tamaulipas via the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge.

Many buildings in the Rio Grande City historic district are notable and have historical value. Perhaps the most notable structure is La Borde House, an early 20th century, two-story brick building that now doubles as a hotel and a restaurant. Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, stayed at La Borde House once on a visit to see the area spring wildflowers.

It is also home of Fort Ringgold, the southernmost installation of the western tier of forts constructed at the end of the Mexican War, stood guard for nearly a century over the Rio Grande and Rio Grande City. 

In Rio Grande City, vacationers appreciate our close proximity to the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail where visitors can spot hundreds of the over 600 different bird species in the state. You can enjoy our rich history with a ride on the hand-operated ferry in Los Ebanos. It is the last hand-pulled, International ferry in existence.