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Streets of Laredo Texas The town of Laredo's roots go back to 1755 when a Spanish Captain named Tomas Sanchez, with 3 other families were granted permission to settle an area north of the Rio Grande. By 1767 a town had been plotted. And then in 1821 what had been a Spanish colony became a Mexican city.

Laredo's residents were not happy living under Mexican rule and so in 1840 they formed the Republic of the Rio Grande, with plans for a new country with Laredo as its capital. The new republic only lasted 283 days, before being, again, under Mexican rule.

But being part of Mexico did not last long. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo set the Rio Grande as the southern boundary of the Republic of Texas. Mexicans who did not want to live in Texas, crossed the Rio Grande and formed Nuevo Laredo. 

The two towns, in two nations, have considered themselves to be one town ever since. Nuevo Laredo is the bigger of the two towns, known as Los Dos Laredos.

When you cross the International Bridge to go to Mexico, two blocks from the bridge you will find El Mercado marketplace. You don't want to miss Nuevo Laredo's Luis Longoria Plaza de Toros bullring. The bullring is 6 miles from the border. Near the bullring is the Handcraft Museum with replicas of art objects from the Maya, Olmeca, Aztec, Huasteca,Totonaca and Teotihuacán.

Laredo has one of the 12 Texas Travel Information Centers, located at mile marker 18 on I-35. There you will find travel counselor and all the information you need for a Texas visit.

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The Washington's Birthday Celebration is a month long annual event founded in 1898 by the Improved Order of the Red Men. This is the largest celebration of George Washington's Birthday in America, with a half million attendees. The celebrations has parades, an air show, carnival, concerts, fireworks and the Jalapeno Festival, which is one of America's Top Ten food festivals.

You will find Lake Casa Blanca International State Park on Bob Bullock Loop 20 and Highway 59 about 10 miles east of downtown Laredo. There is a boat ramp and fishing pier, camping, boating, skiing, fishing, picnicking and mountain biking.

WHERE TO STAY IN LAREDO

In Laredo you will find most of the chain motels and hotels that you find in any big city in America. At Executive House Hotel you get free transport to the airport and the bridge to Nuevo Laredo. Family Gardens Inn is built around a garden with a waterfall. La Posada Hotel & Suites was a 19th century Spanish convent, now with rooms overlooking the Rio Grande with lush tropical courtyards and pools, located at International Bridge #1.

WHERE TO EAT IN LAREDO

At Charlie's Corona you'll find live music and international cuisine. For breakfast tacos, called mariaches, go to Cotulla-Style Pit Bar-B-Q. The Laredo Bar & Grill is upscale with an eclectic menu. The Tesoro Club in in the Posada Hotel cooks tableside. And in Nuevo Laredo check out El Dorado Cadillac Bar.


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