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FORT CLARK SPRINGS is a former Cavalry Post, which
has been turned into a private resort, owned by its members. Berms have been added
to the old parade ground, which is now a golf course, but the main attraction
continues to be the spacious spring-fed pool. (Las Moras Springs). Rooms
are available at the 38-room hotel which was formerly a barracks. Guests are allowed
the use of the pool for the length of their stay. 210-563-2493. Rates are comparable
to hotels in Del Rio and Uvalde. The pool is not comparable to pools in Del
Rio or Uvalde.
When you go, just remember that the pool closes Thursdays for cleaning. A museum
and many well preserved buildings make it easy to imagine life here in the 1860s.
The Post Theater remains as it was in 1946, the year the Post was decommissioned.
pool at Fort Clark (Las Moras Springs)|
is named after Oscar Brackett who was a sutler to the Fort. This is the county
seat of Kinney County and the 1910 beaux-arts Courthouse
will be seen at the intersection of James and Ann streets.|
VILLAGE (Information updated April, 2000)
If you follow the signs north on Hwy 674 youíll find Alamo Village,
the movie set built for the 1959 John Wayne movie.
Open nine to five,
seven days a week. Call them for information at 830-563-2580 or visit their website
In addition to the Alamo replica (which
most tourists prefer to the real item), thereís a complete western town circa
1880s on one side and a Mexican village on the other. Lonesome Dove was one
of the more recent productions filmed here. This is the largest movie set built
outside of Hollywood.
There is a complete full service restaurant
serving homemade Barbecue and Mexican food and the restroom facilities are much
nicer than they were in the 1880s.
As you leave town, follow the signs
to the Seminole Scout Cemetery, just west of town on 90, then south on
693. Continue west on 90 to Del Rio.
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|SAN FELIPE SPRINGS
Besides Ciudad Acuna, Del
Rio will be the last city on this particular tour. As you enter Del
Rio youíll notice a golf course on your right. The road through the course
is San Felipe Springs Road and will take you to the source of San Felipe
Creek. The springs release 90 million gallons of pure water daily eventually
reaching the Gulf of Mexico via the Rio Grande. Moore City Park
with its stone banks offers a safe and shallow place for kids to play in San Felipe
The Del Rio Chamber of Commerce is at 1915 Avenue
F. 830-775-3551. Check with them for walking and driving tours of Del
Rio, and information on crossing the border to Ciudad Acuna.
The bridge to Acuna is nearly 3 miles from Del
Rio, but all day parking is available at reasonable rates on the U.S. side.
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a population of nearly 120,000 but is surprisingly clean and tranquil compared
to other border towns. The Dam at Lake Amistad is a good photo opportunity
for the magnificent twin eagle statues (fraternal not identical). If one is there
at dusk, a flag lowering ceremony takes place on the Mexican side with the Mexican
national anthem provided by a tape on a cassette recorder.
The big attraction
of course is Lake Amistad. With 1000 miles of shoreline and 65,000 acres, this
is one lake in Texas (and Mexico) that is not over-fished. Besides fishing, Lake
Amistad offers swimming, boating and even scuba diving. Managed by the National
Park Service, the headquarters is on Hwy 90 just west of the city limits. The
U.S. side has 3 marinas with one reserved for Air Force personnel. The Mexican
side has a marina and a Mexican fishing license is required if you fish that side,
but it is sold at the U.S. marinas as well.
Every October the two cities
have a month long Celebration of Friendship, with races, beauty pageants
and all sorts of festivities, which proves that U.S.Ė Mexican relations would
fare better without politicians.
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|For The Adventurous:|
River State Natural Area : 830/395-2133
From Del Rio
take Hwy 277 north for about 40 miles to Loma Alta. Continue
north for three and a half miles, left on Dolan Creek Road for 22 miles. The Devilís
River State Natural Area has a 12-mile hiking trail. Here the springs feed
the river which empties into Lake Amistad. The Devilís River would be river #
10 but due to its remoteness we only mention it briefly.
Lover's Leap is a
cliff on the Devil's River... more
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We hope youíve
enjoyed traveling with us and look forward to serving you in the future. Please
remain in your car until it comes to a complete stop. Look for next Julyís feature
"Swimming back from Mexico".
go take on the road."
TO MEXICO - Part III
Water: Medina, Sabinal, Nueces
and Leona Rivers and Rio Frio
Towns: Utopia and Uvalde
TO MEXICO - Part II
Water: Guadalupe River
Boerne, Comfort, Center Point and Kerrville
TO MEXICO - Part I
Water: McKinney Falls, Aquarena Springs,
San Marcos, Blanco and Pedernales Rivers
Towns: San Marcos, Wimberley
TO MEXICO - Introduction
Included in This Trip
Their Lengths, Sources, and Termination Points
THERE FROM DALLAS:|
Dallas / Ft.
If swimming to Mexico doesnít fit your schedule, get out your compass and
draw a 50-mile radius on your map, using Arlington
as a center. See all those lakes? You can explore on your own or wait for next
summerís "Swimming around in Circles" article.
to all these lakes, the Brazos and Paluxy Rivers provide excellent
tubing and canoeing.
The two rivers converge just south of Glen
Rose in Somervell County, a charming county seat that hosts both the Comanche
Peak Nuclear Power Plant (Tours Mon. Ė Sat. 9-4) and Dinosaur
Valley State Park (254-897-4588). Split atoms and dinosaurs is a combination
second only to alcohol and firearms, as far as we're concerned.
Dinosaur footprints are visible in the rock, under the water.
Rose Chamber of Commerce: 254-897-2286.
To pick up the Swimming
to Mexico trail, go south on I-35 to San Marcos and Aquarena Springs.
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