Del Rio, Texas
Del Rio is a border city in and the county seat
County seat
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 of Val Verde County
Val Verde County, Texas
Val Verde County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2008, estimated population was 55,000. Its county seat is Del Rio. In 1936, Val Verde County received Recorded Texas Historic Landmark number 5625 to commemorate its founding.Val Verde, which means "green...

, Texas
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, United States
United States
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.. Del Rio is connected with Ciudad Acuña
Ciudad Acuña
Ciudad Acuña, also known simply as Acuña, is a city located in the Mexican state of Coahuila, at and a mean height above sea level of 271 meters...

 via the Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing
Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing
The Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing is a dam that serves as an international bridge which crosses the Rio Grande south of Lake Amistad. The dam connects the United States-Mexico border cities of Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila...

 and Del Río-Ciudad Acuña International Bridge
Del Río-Ciudad Acuña International Bridge
The Del Río-Ciudad Acuña International Bridge is an international bridge which crosses the Rio Grande connecting the United States-Mexico border cities of Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña...

. Del Rio is also home to Laughlin Air Force Base
Laughlin Air Force Base
Laughlin Air Force Base is a facility of the United States Air Force located five miles east of the central business district of Del Rio, Texas.-Overview:...

, the busiest pilot training base in the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
The United States Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of...


Micropolitan area

Del Rio is the principal city of the Del Rio Micropolitan Statistical Area
United States micropolitan area
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, which includes all of Val Verde County; the micropolitan area had an estimated population of over 50,000 in 2007. Located across from Del Rio, in the Mexican
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 state of Coahuila
Coahuila, formally Coahuila de Zaragoza , officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Coahuila de Zaragoza is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico...

, is the city of Ciudad Acuña
Ciudad Acuña
Ciudad Acuña, also known simply as Acuña, is a city located in the Mexican state of Coahuila, at and a mean height above sea level of 271 meters...

 with a city population of 209,000.

Del Rio is known as the American address of legendary Mexican radio stations XERA and XERF just over the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Acuña; their 500,000 watt signals could be heard at night as far away as Canada. Legendary deejay Wolfman Jack
Wolfman Jack
Robert Weston Smith, known commonly as Wolfman Jack was a gravelly voiced US disc jockey who became famous in the 1960s and 1970s.-Early career:...

 operated XERF in the 1960s, using a Del Rio address to sell various products advertised on the station.


The Spanish established a small settlement south of the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
The Rio Grande is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico – United States border. Its length varies as its course changes...

 in present day Mexico and some Spaniards settled on what became the United States side of the Rio Grande as early as the 18th century. However, true development of the U.S. side of the Rio Grande did not begin until after the American Civil War
American Civil War
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The San Felipe Springs, about eight miles (11 km) east of the Rio Grande on the U.S. side of the border, produces 90 million USgals (340,687.1 m³) of water a day. Developers acquired several thousand acres of land adjacent to the springs, and the San Felipe Creek formed by the springs, from the State of Texas in exchange for building a canal system to irrigate the area. The developers sold tracts of land surrounding the canals to recover their investment and show a profit. These investors formed the San Felipe Agricultural, Manufacturing, and Irrigation Company in 1868. The organization completed construction of a network of irrigation canals in 1871. Residents referred to the slowly developing town as San Felipe Del Rio because local lore said the name came from early Spanish explorers who offered a Mass at the site on St. Philip's Day, 1635.

In 1883 local residents requested a post office be established. The United States Postal Department shortened "San Felipe del Rio" to "Del Rio" to avoid confusion with San Felipe de Austin. In 1885 Val Verde County was organized and Del Rio became the county seat. The City of Del Rio was incorporated on November 15, 1911.

The San Felipe community was started by the Arteaga Family. A street was named after the family. Arteaga Street that also has a park, El Puetra Colorado: Arteaga Park. The family is known to come together every few years at the park. Few of the original family is still alive but the neighborhood is still owned by relatives or distant relatives. Major part of the neighborhood is family.

The history of Del Rio is preserved, particularly the 19th century at the Whitehead Memorial Museum
Whitehead Memorial Museum
The Whitehead Memorial Museum is a western museum complex in downtown Del Rio, Texas. Located on two and a half landscaped acres, the museum consists of nine buildings...


In 1942, the Army Air Corps opened Laughlin Field nine miles (14 km) east of Del Rio as a training base for the Martin B-26, but it was deactivated in 1945. As the Cold War
Cold War
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 pressures built, Laughlin Field was rebuilt and renamed Laughlin Air Force Base (LAFB). It was again used as a home for flight training. In the mid-1950s, the Strategic Air Command
Strategic Air Command
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 (SAC) noted Laughlin's remoteness that allowed for secret operations, and opened its strategic reconnaissance program there with the RB-57, a bomber modified for high altitude reconnaissance. SAC soon transitioned to the high altitude U-2 Dragonlady and based all of them in Laughlin AFB. In 1962, it was Laughlin-based U-2s that took the first photographs of land-based medium-range ballistic missile
Medium-range ballistic missile
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 (MRBM) sites being constructed in Cuba. This was the photo intelligence that started the Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis
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. The U-2s were relocated to Davis–Monthan AFB near Tucson, AZ in July 1963 and Laughlin's mission transitioned to the Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) mission in the T-37 and T-38
T-38 Talon
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 aircraft. Laughlin AFB also provides training in the T-1A Jayhawk and the T-6A Texan II. Laughlin plays a large part in the Del Rio community as the area's largest employer. The Border Patrol is the city's second largest employer (with two large stations along with the Sector Headquarters). At one time Del Rio was in the running to become the home of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
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 (FLETC) for agents of the U.S. Border Patrol and Federal Air Marshal Service
Federal Air Marshal Service
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 but lost to the current site in Artesia, New Mexico
Artesia, New Mexico
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Route 82 and 285; the two highways serve as the city's Main Street and First Street, respectively...

. The proposed site was located on property belonging to Laughlin AFB. Since the base has unused land, the Air Force is able to lease it to other federal law enforcement agencies for such projects. This benefits Laughlin AFB and the City of Del Rio, Texas both financially and economically. Del Rio was one of 5 cities in the United States selected for a FBI regional headquarters office; the building is currently under construction adjacent to the Roswell Hotel in downtown Del Rio and will be ready by 2011.

Geography and climate

Del Rio is located at 29°22′15"N 100°53′45"W (29.370716, -100.895839).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 15.4 square miles (40.0 km²), of which, 15.4 square miles (40.0 km²) of it is land and 0.06% is water.

Del Rio lies on the northwestern edges of the Tamaulipan mezquital
Tamaulipan mezquital
The Tamaulipan mezquital ecoregion, in the deserts and xeric shrublands biome, is located in the southern United States and northeastern Mexico...

, also called the south Texas brush country. It is also near the southwestern corner of the Edwards Plateau
Edwards Plateau
The Edwards Plateau is a region of west-central Texas which is bounded by the Balcones Fault to the south and east, the Llano Uplift and the Llano Estacado to the north, and the Pecos River and Chihuahuan Desert to the west. San Angelo, Austin, San Antonio and Del Rio roughly outline the area...

, which is the western fringe of the famous, oak savanna-covered Texas Hill Country
Texas Hill Country
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; that area is dotted with numerous small springs; one of these is the San Felipe Springs, which provide a constant flow of water to San Felipe Creek. The creek supplied fresh water for drinking and irrigation to early settlers of Del Rio and the springs are still the town's water supply.

Del Rio, west to about the Pecos River, has a mix of desert shrub and steppe vegetation, depending on soil type, with the gray-leafed Cenizo (Leucophyllum
Leucophyllum is a genus of evergreen shrubs in the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae, native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is sometimes placed in the family Myoporaceae...

spp.), Acacia
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, and Grama grasses dominant members of local flora. The terrain is mostly level, but some areas are dissected with substantial canyons and drainages, though none of the upland areas are high or large enough in areas to be considered mountains.
The climate is semi-arid
A semi-arid climate or steppe climate describes climatic regions that receive precipitation below potential evapotranspiration, but not extremely...

 in moisture and subtropical in temperature. Humidity is more often high than low, with periodic morning fog due to Gulf of Mexico airmasses moving northwest into the area. This gives Del Rio and adjacent areas the effect of being in a coastal dryland area, even though the Gulf of Mexico is over 300 miles (482.8 km) away. Such humid periods alternate with periods of hot and dry desert airmasses in the spring and fall, or cold and dry great plains airmasses during winter months. Moisture rarely lasts long enough for weather systems to react with it to create much precipitation, as happens more frequently not far to the north and east of the area; there are exceptions during some autumns (tropical weather systems) and spring months (stalled fronts to the north).

Summers are long, hot, and frequently humid; winter months vary between sunny, warm, cloudy, and cool weather, depending on the wind direction and jet stream location. Snow or freezing rain is rare, about every 7 to 10 years, and such wintry precipitation does not occur most winters, or last long enough to be of consequence.
Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 90 99 101 106 109 112 108 109 110 106 96 90
Norm High °F 62.8 68 76 82.7 88.7 93.7 96.2 96 90.6 81.7 70.9 63.5
Norm Low °F 39.7 44.1 51.6 58.5 66.7 72.1 74.3 74.1 69.4 60.5 49.2 41.2
Rec Low °F 15 14 21 33 45 55 64 64 48 28 22 10
Precip (in) 0.57 0.96 0.96 1.71 2.31 2.34 2.02 2.16 2.06 2 0.96 0.75


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 33,867 people, 10,778 households, and 8,514 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,194.0 people per square mile (846.9/km²). There were 11,895 housing units at an average density of 770.6 per square mile (297.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.78% White, 1.21% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 17.79% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 81.04% of the population.

There were 10,778 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,387, and the median income for a family was $30,788. Males had a median income of $27,255 versus $17,460 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $12,199. About 22.9% of families and 27.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.8% of those under age 18 and 26.4% of those age 65 or over.


Lake Amistad provides year-round, water-based recreation opportunities, including boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and water-skiing, as well as other recreational opportunities for picnicking, camping, and hunting. The area is rich in archeology and rock art, and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life. Del Rio is home to the George Paul Memorial Bullriding, which is the oldest stand-alone bull riding event in the world. Del Rio will be home to a pro minor league baseball team in 2012.The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, based in Houston, Texas, is an independent professional baseball league in the Southwestern United States set to begin play in May 2011 with 8 teams. The Pecos League will play a 72 game regular season with two rounds of playoffs. The Pecos League will use National League Rules. The league will add four expansion teams for 2012, Del Rio Grande (Del Rio, Texas), Lubbock Hubbards (Lubbock, Texas), Odessa Outlaws (Odessa, Texas) and the Pueblo Wranglers (Pueblo, Colorado).


Del Rio International Airport
Del Rio International Airport
Del Rio International Airport is a public airport located just west of Del Rio, Texas. The airport has a single 6300' runway. The airport is owned by the City of Del Rio with a seven member airport advisory board, appointed by the City Council, monitors the development and operations of the...

 serves the city.

United Airlines
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 provides commercial airline service from Del Rio to Houston.

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 provides passenger rail service at the Del Rio station
Del Rio (Amtrak station)
The Del Rio Amtrak station is an intermodal transportation center in Del Rio, Texas, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system, as well as by local bus service....

 on the Sunset Limited
Sunset Limited
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route which proceeds eastbound to San Antonio continuing on to New Orleans, and westbound to El Paso
El Paso
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, continuing to Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
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Major highways

  • U.S. Route 90
    U.S. Route 90
    U.S. Route 90 is an east–west United States highway. Despite the "0" in its route number, U.S. 90 never was a full coast-to-coast route; it has always ended at Van Horn, Texas. A short-lived northward extension to U.S...

  • U.S. Route 277
    U.S. Route 277
    U.S. Route 277 is a north–south United States Highway. It is a spur of U.S. Route 77. It runs for 633 miles across Oklahoma and Texas. US 277's northern terminus is in Newcastle, Oklahoma at Interstate 44, which is also the northern terminus of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. Its southern...

  • U.S. Route 377
    U.S. Route 377
    U.S. Route 377 is a north–south United States highway. Originally created as a short spur to connect Denton, Texas with Fort Worth, Texas, it has since been extended to Oklahoma and Mexico for a total length of 478 miles .-Texas:...

  • Texas State Highway 163
    Texas State Highway 163
    State Highway 163 or SH 163 is a 203-mile state highway in the western part of Texas.-Route description:SH 163 runs almost directly north from its originating junction with U.S. Highway 90 at Comstock near the Rio Grande River, the southern border of the state...

  • Texas State Highway Loop 79 is currently under construction in Val Verde County and Del Rio, The four lane Loop 79 should be open for traffic in November 2011. It will connect with U.S. Route 90, U.S. Route 277, and U.S. Route 377. The loop is expected to create an economic boom that will bring in well known national name brand hotels, retail stores and restaurant establishments to the area.


The city is served by the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District
San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District
San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District is a school district based in Del Rio, Texas .The school district serves all of the city of Del Rio and unincorporated portions of Val Verde County....

. There are around 10,450 students and 637 teachers at 14 campuses. Del Rio is now home to Premier High School of Del Rio a public charter school.>Education. - Del Rio Chamber of Commerce.

Higher education

  • SWTJC Del Rio - (part of Southwest Texas Junior College
    Southwest Texas Junior College
    Southwest Texas Junior College is a comprehensive, public, two-year college with four campuses serving eleven counties in southwest Texas.The campuses are located in unincorporated Uvalde County , Del Rio Southwest Texas Junior College is a comprehensive, public, two-year college with four campuses...

  • Rio Grande College Del Rio - (part of Sul Ross State University
    Sul Ross State University
    Sul Ross State University , a public university in Alpine, Texas, is named for former Texas governor, Civil War general Lawrence Sullivan Ross. It was founded in 1917 as Sul Ross Normal College and was made a university in 1969....

  • Park University
    Park University
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     - Laughlin AFB Campus.

Notable residents

  • Jessica Alba
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    , an American actress, was a resident when her father was stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base
    Laughlin Air Force Base
    Laughlin Air Force Base is a facility of the United States Air Force located five miles east of the central business district of Del Rio, Texas.-Overview:...

  • Judge Roy Bean, an eccentric Justice of the Peace
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     associated primarily with nearby Langtry, Texas
    Langtry, Texas
    Langtry is an unincorporated community in Val Verde County, Texas, United States. The community is notable as the place where "Judge" Roy Bean, the "Law West of the Pecos", had his saloon and practiced a kind of law.-History:...

    . Bean is interred, along with a son, at Del Rio's Whitehead Memorial Museum.
  • Lance Blanks
    Lance Blanks
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    , a retired NBA player who was drafted in the first round of the 1990 NBA Draft
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     by the Detroit Pistons
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    . He is currently the General Manager of the NBA's Phoenix Suns
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  • Larvell Blanks
    Larvell Blanks
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    , a Major League Baseball
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     infielder for the Atlanta Braves
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    , Cleveland Indians
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     and Texas Rangers
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  • Sid Blanks
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    , a halfback for the Houston Oilers
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     and Boston Patriots of the American Football League
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  • John R. Brinkley
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    , a controversial medical doctor who experimented with goat glands as a means of curing male impotence.
  • Radney Foster
    Radney Foster
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    , an American country music
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  • Bob Gruber
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    , a retired offensive tackle in the NFL and USFL.
  • Todd Hays
    Todd Hays
    Todd Hays and raised in Del Rio, Texas is an American bobsledder who competed from 1994 to 2006. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he won the silver medal in the four-man event at Salt Lake City in 2002....

    , an American bobsledder who won the silver medal in the four-man event at the 2002 Winter Olympics
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     in Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • Jay Kerr
    Jay Kerr
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    , an American-born actor, he has appeared in various movies and television series including his role as Con Madigan in the Australian series Five Mile Creek
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  • [Tyrell McCrea, an American football player for the New Orleans VooDoo
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  • Shawn Michaels
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    , a professional wrestler, was a resident when his father was stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base
    Laughlin Air Force Base
    Laughlin Air Force Base is a facility of the United States Air Force located five miles east of the central business district of Del Rio, Texas.-Overview:...

  • Jerry Edwin Smith
    Jerry Edwin Smith
    Jerry Edwin Smith is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 2, 1987 and confirmed by the Senate on December 19, 1987. Smith received his commission for the seat, which was created by 98 Stat...

    , a judge
    A judge is a person who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as part of a panel of judges. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and in an open...

     of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts:* Eastern District of Louisiana* Middle District of Louisiana...

  • Byron Velvick
    Byron Velvick
    Byron Paul Velvick is a 2-Time WON Bass U.S. Open champion and previously held the BASS Record for 3 day limit . Velvick spent 2 years as a commentator for the ESPN2 show "BassCenter" from 2005-2006...

    , a Bassmasters pro fisherman and reality show contestant on The Bachelor.
  • Hoke Hayden "Hooks" Warner
    Hooks Warner
    Hoke Hayden "Hooks" Warner was a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was 170 pounds and batted left and threw right. He started his career on August 21, 1916. His final game was on June 17, 1921. He was born on May 22, 1894 in Del Rio, Texas...

    , a Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     player for the Chicago Cubs
    Chicago Cubs
    The Chicago Cubs are a professional baseball team located in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League. They are one of two Major League clubs based in Chicago . The Cubs are also one of the two remaining charter members of the National...

     and Pittsburgh Pirates
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions...

     in the early 20th century.

Del Rio in film and television

The 1994 movie Texas
Texas (film)
Texas is a Western movie starring Glenn Ford - William Holden and directed by George Marshall-Plot:Two cowboys witness an assault of a diligence. They steal loot and rendezvous. However, they discover they are on different sides of the law...

 (James A. Michener
James A. Michener
James Albert Michener was an American author of more than 40 titles, the majority of which were sweeping sagas, covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating historical facts into the stories...

's Texas
Texas (novel)
Texas is a novel by James A. Michener based on the history of the Lone Star State. Characters include real and fictional characters, explorers , Spanish and German Texan settlers, ranchers, oil men, aristocrats, Chicanos, and others, all based on extensive historical research.Although Michener...

) had some scenes filmed in Del Rio. The movie, which took place in the beginning of the 19th century as many Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon may refer to:* Anglo-Saxons, a group that invaded Britain** Old English, their language** Anglo-Saxon England, their history, one of various ships* White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, an ethnicity* Anglo-Saxon economy, modern macroeconomic term...

s were settling in the Mexican province of Texas, featured Randy Travis
Randy Travis
Randy Travis is an American country music singer and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 22 of which were number one hits...

 and Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall
Michael Anthony Hall , known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, film producer and director who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980...

  • 1951 Arrowhead - Charlton Heston
  • 1955 The Last Command - Ernest Borgnine
  • 1958 Five Bold Women - Irish McCalla
  • 1959 John Wayne's The Alamo
  • 1960 The Spirit of the Alamo (TV) - NBC
  • 1960 Roy Rogers Show (TV)
  • 1960 John Ford's - Two Rode Together - Jimmy Stewart
  • 1966 Top Hand (TV)
  • 1967 Aye, That Pancho Villa (TV)
  • 1967 Bandolero - Dean Martin
  • 1968 Children's West (Lon Chaney, Jr.) (TV)
  • 1973 A Death in Tombstone
  • 1974 The Sugarland Express - Goldie Hawn
  • 1974 The Texas Ballad (KLRN-TV)
  • 1978 Adventures of Jody Shanan
  • 1983 Call to Glory - Craig T. Nelson, Elizabeth Shue (TV)
  • 1986 Houston - Legend of Texas (TV) - Sam Elliott
  • 1986 The Alamo - Thirteen Days To Glory (TV) - Alec Baldwin
  • 1986 No Safe Haven - Wings Hauser
  • 1987 Alamo: Price of Freedom - Caser Biggs
  • 1988 Lonesome Dove (TV) - Robert Duvall
  • 1989 Gunsmoke
    Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West....

     - The Last Apache
    (TV) - James Arness
  • 1991 JCV Japanese Quiz Show (TV)
  • 1991 American Movie Classics (TV - Bob Dorian
  • 1992 Rio Diablo (TV) - Travis Tritt
  • 1992 Travis Smith (direct to video)
  • 1993 Bad Girls - Madeleine Stowe
  • 1993 Like Water for Chocolate
  • 1993 El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez
  • 1994 8 Seconds - Luke Perry
  • 1994 Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (TV) - Kenny Rogers
  • 1994 James A. Michener's Texas
    James A. Michener's Texas
    James A. Michener's Texas is a 1994 ABC television movie directed by Richard Lang and starring Patrick Duffy as Stephen Austin, Stacy Keach as Sam Houston, Chelsea Field as Maddie Quimper, Rick Schroder as Otto McNab, Grant Show as William Travis, David Keith as Jim Bowie, John Schneider as Davy...

    (TV) - John Schneider as Davy Crockett
  • 1994 Good Old Boys (TV) - Sam Shepard
  • 1995 Streets of Laredo (TV) - James Garner
  • 1995 A&E History Channel's The Alamo (TV)
  • 1995 Discovery Channel's - The Battes of the Alamo (TV)
  • 1995 PBS - Ken Burns The West (TV)
  • 1995 A&E Biography - Davy Crockett: American Frontier Legend (TV)
  • 1995 The Learning Channel's - Famous Battles - Alamo Segment (TV)
  • 1995 Discovery Channel's - Buffalo Soldiers (TV)
  • 1995 Desperado, Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek
  • 1996 From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 action/horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, and Cheech Marin.
  • 1996 Once upon A Time In China and America - Sammo Hung
  • 1996 Lone Star - by director John Sayles
  • 1999 Alamo... The New Defenders (direct to video)
  • 1999 The Bullfighter - Domenica Scorsese
  • 1999 The History Channel's - Haunted San Antonio (TV)
  • 2000 Jericho Mark Valley - Leon Coffee - Buck Taylor
  • 2001 The History Channel's History vs Hollywood (TV)
  • 2002 Westown Sturghill Productions
  • 2004 Bandido, Carlos Gallardo, Scott Duncan
  • 2006 Blue Eyes - Walker Cable Productions
  • 2006 Mexican Gold - Walker Cable Productions
  • 2007 The Man Who Came Back - Walker Cable Productions - Eric Braden - Billy Zane
  • 2007 Friend of The Devil (TV Pilot)
  • 2007 No Country for Old Men
    No Country for Old Men (film)
    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American crime thriller directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. The film was adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name...

  • 2009 Not Forgotten
    Not Forgotten (film)
    Not Forgotten is a 2009 independent thriller written and directed by Dror Soref starring Simon Baker and Paz Vega. The film takes place on the Texas-Mexico border and tells the story of a kidnapping plot involving the ritualistic cult Santa Muerte...

Music Videos

  • 1980 Willie Nelson - Tougher Than Leather
  • 1995 Brooks & Dunn - You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
    You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
    "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music duo Brooks & Dunn. It was released in June 1995 as the fourth single from their third studio album, Waitin' on Sundown. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles &...

  • 1996 Gary Hobbs - Corazon de la Ardiente
  • 1996 La Tropa F - The Sheriff
  • 1996 Los Palominos
  • 1999 Shade of Red - Revolution

Government and infrastructure

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is a department of the government of the state of Texas. The TDCJ is responsible for statewide criminal justice for adult offenders, including managing offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities, funding and certain...

 (TDCJ) operates the Del Rio Parole Office in Del Rio.

The Geo Group, A private correctional facility corporation based in Boca Raton, Florida manages the Val Verde Correctional Facility in Del Rio, Texas. It has a contract to house offenders for the U.S Customs & Border Protection and the U.S Marshal service. The facility opened in 2001 with 688 beds. In 2007 the facility was expanded to its current capacity of 1,400 beds. It is one of the major employers in the Del Rio area.

The United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States...

operates three Post Office facilities in the Del Rio area. The Downtown Post Office (Broadway Street), Northside Post Office (Bedell Avenue), and Laughlin Post Office (LAFB).

Urban Neighborhoods

Barrio Chihuahua: In the southern part of the city, the neighborhood is named after the Chihuahua Soccer Field, located in between to the north West Gibbs, to the west Texas State Spur 29, to the southeast Garfield Ave., West Garfield, and to the far east S. Ave F.

Buena Vista: Buena Vista is located near Buena Vista Park.

Lake Amistad and North Del Rio past the Buena Vista area has nice subdivisions in the Del Rio area with several homes.

Cienegas Terraces: Technically outside the city limits is a neighborhood that is home to the "Duck Pond" and various ranches, on the west side of the city.

Eastside: Named that by locals after the school on the corner of Bedell & 7th Street, the neighborhood is also home to Star Park. Surrounded by Veterans Boulevard to the west and E. Gibbs to the south, the neighborhood is home to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center.

San Felipe: The original neighborhood in Del Rio, the city originally got it name from it as in "San Felipe del rio",south of chihuahua and the Northside. Note: Anywhere south of Chihuahua but not past San Felipe Creek is known as The Winery, due to its close proximity to Val Verde Winery, the oldest privately owned winery still operating in the United States.

Westside: Home to Del Rio International Airport, the neighborhood is surrounded to the north by W. 15th, 18th, and 17th streets, to the east by Veterans Blvd., and to the south by W. Gibbs bordering Chihuahua.

Comalia: A neighborhood isolated by the Woodlawn cemetery and a bridge that leads to the U.S.-Mexico border crossing. It can be found by traveling down W. 2nd Street.

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