"The Rio Grande" Nuevo Progreso Favorite Tip by Stephen-KarenConn

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  The Rio Grande: Mexico - left, U.S.- right
by Stephen-KarenConn

Favorite thing: The border between Texas and Mexico is marked by the fabled Rio Grande for 1,300 miles of mostly desert terrain. The Rio Grande rises in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and flows south through New Mexico before reaching the Texas/Mexican border. It flows in a generally southeasterly direction before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico between Brownsville and Matamoros, making it one of the longest rivers in North America at 1,900 milies total. Too shallow for navigation, the river is stll an important source of irrigation as well as a famous international border.

It always amazes me to pause at the Rio Grande and contemplate what a relatively small stream divides two vastly different countries and cultures. Here at Nuevo Progreso, on the U.S. side of the river there were high fences and razor wire. On the Mexican bank we saw children playing and young men fishing.

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  • Updated Jun 23, 2004
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