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Maverick County Seat, South Texas

28°42'38"N 100°29'22"W (28.710622, -100.489331)

Hwy 277, 57 and FM 1021
NE of Piedras Negras, Mexico across the Rio Grande
140 miles SW of San Antonio via Hwy 90
Population: 29,684 Est. (2019)
26,248 (2010) 22,413 (2000) 20,651(1990)

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Eagle Pass Texas downtown morning street scene
An early morning street scene downtown
TE Photo

History in a Pecan Shell

The name Eagle Pass was named after migrating eagles or one particular eagle that flew to and from its nest while the military was deciding what to name their first camp. The town was predated by this camp which was two miles downstream from what became Fort Duncan.

Maverick County was named after Samuel Maverick, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, legislator and the man whose name became a synonymous with unbranded calves.
A timeline of significant historical events in Eagle Pass

: Camp Eagle Pass is established during the Mexican War
1849: Fort Duncan is established as a permanent installation (2 miles upsteam from the former camp)
1850: Trading post is opened by a San Antonio merchant and Piedras Negras is established
1851: Stage line to San Antonio is established
1855: Volunteer rangers pursue Indians into Mexico and burn Piedras Negras
1856: Maverick County is formed
1863: Renegades attack Confederate Fort Duncan and townspeople drive them back to Mexico
1865: General Shelby buries a Confederate flag in the Rio Grande - a symbolic burial of the Confederacy.
1868: Federal troops reoccupy the fort after its use by Confederate forces during the Civil War.
1871: Maverick County is organized and Eagle Pass becomes county seat
1875: Population reaches 1,500 - Outlaw John King Fisher unofficially controls the Eagle Pass area
1882: The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway is built from Spofford (Kinney County)
1884: Population reaches 2,000
1885: Courthouse is built
1900: Population of Eagle Pass is 2,729
1920: Population reaches 5,765
1941: Eagle Pass Army Air Field was constructed twelve miles north of Eagle Pass

Eagle Pass was 94 percent Hispanic in 1980.

Eagle Pass EF3 Tornado, April 24, 2007 by Dr. Marlene Bradford

Eagle Pass, Texas
Landmarks / Attractions

Eagle Pass TX - Maverick County courthouse top view
The Maverick County Courthouses

Maverick County Jail

Depot, Eagle Pass, Texas old photo
Eagle Pass Depot

Aztec Theatre, Eagle Pass, Texas old photo
The Aztec Theatre

Eagle Pass TX Library, former Post Office
Eagle Pass Public Library
The former Eagle Pass Post Office

Kress Building in Eagle Pass Texas
The Kress Building in Eagle Pass.
TE photo, March 2002
About Kress Buildings

Eagle Pass TX - Harry's Cafe  neon & 7-UP
Harry's Cafe
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass TX - sign painter painting Mi Casa
Sign painter at work
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass TX -  mannequin pilot
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass TX - Red Brick Building
TE photo, May 2003

Eagle Pass TX - Pilgrim Jewelry Co - Huge Watch
Huge Watch
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass TX - C.S.P. Johnson Bldg Threshold
C.S.P. Johnson Building Threshold
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass Texas - 1888 Building
Eagle Pass 1888 Building
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass TX - Building With Silo
A building with silo
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass TX - Small Brick Building
TE photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass Texas - 1916 building with pigeons
TE photo, March 2002

bridege at Fort Duncan, Eagle Pass, Texas
Fort Duncan post bridge
TE Photo, March 2002

Eagle Pass TX - cafe neon sign at dusk
A downtown "Cafe" neon sign
TE Photo, May 2003

Eagle Pass TX  - S. Marquez Building Brick at Dusk
S. Marquez Building
TE photo, May 2003

Eagle Pass TX - Warehouse At Dusk
Warehouse At Dusk
TE photo, May 2003

Eagle Pass TX - La Casa Hesles Motel Sign
Eagle Pass:
No Country for Young Men Either
or Looking for the Coen Brothers

Eagle Pass, Texas
Vintage Images

Eagle Pass TX 1887 Old Map
Eagle Pass 1887 Old Map
Click on image to enlarge

Amon Carter Museum, Wikimedia Commons

Eagle Pass TX International Coal Mine
International Coal Mine, Eagle Pass, Texas
Click on image to enlarge

Postcard courtesy Dan Whatley Collection

Eagle Pass TX - Irrigated Onion Farm
Irrigated Onion Farm North of Eagle Pass, 1914
Click on image to enlarge

Postcard courtesy
Dan Whatley Collection

Eagle Pass Texas Irrigation Canal 1916 old post card
Irrigation Canal near Eagle Pass Texas, 1916
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/

Eagle Pass TX Churches
Methodist Church
Catholic Church
Episcopal Church
Click on image to enlarge
Postcard courtesy Dan Whatley Collection
More Texas Churches

Eagle Pass TX - Main Street 1916
Main Street in 1916
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

Eagle Pass Public School,  Texas in the 1920s
Eagle Pass Public School in the 1920s
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/

buggy and people vintage photo
The Eagle Pass Centennial
Photo Courtesy William Peterson

Eagle Pass Texas businessmen on a buggy, vintage photo
Early Eagle Pass Businessmen
According to local historian Al Kinnsel, these men were photographed each New Year's Day for years.

Photo Courtesy Maverick County Historical Museum

Eagle Pass Chronicles

  • Tejano Hero Norberto Sierra by Mike Cox

  • Grand Rock Treasure by Mike Cox

  • Eagle Pass EF3 Tornado, April 24, 2007 by Dr. Marlene Bradford

  • Eagle Pass Nearby Destinations
  • Maverick County

  • Fort Duncan - Restored buildings form the centerpiece of Eagle Pass' city park. Buildings include the Fort Duncan Museum.

  • Piedras Negras - The Mexican town across the border which claims to be the birthplace of the nacho.

  • Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico - 30 miles East of Piedras Negras on Mexico Highway 2

  • Uvalde 40 miles NE

  • Brackettville 46 miles N on Hwy 131

  • Del Rio 56 miles N on Hwy 277

  • Eagle Pass TX - RR Bridge Across Rio Grande To Piedras Negras Mexico
    RR Bridge across the Rio Grande to Piedras Negras, Mexico
    Click on image to enlarge

    Postcard courtesy Dan Whatley Collection

    [See The Haunted Railroad Hotel of Piedras Negras]

    Eagle Pass TX - La Casa Hesles Motel Sign
    Eagle Pass:
    No Country for Young Men Either
    or Looking for the Coen Brothers

  • Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce:
    PO Box 1188 Eagle Pass, TX 78853
    Office: 400 Garrison Street Eagle Pass, TX
    Phone: 1-888-355-3224 (830) 773-3224
    Website: http://www.eaglepasstexas.com/

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  • Eagle Pass, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Aztec Theatre
    My memories of the "Aztec" are growing up down the resaca in the "Jardin" neighborhood. We never really had any money back then, so for the weekends, we'd camp-out in the park just across the water and catch fish for dinner. I remember my Grandmother, God rest her soul, took me to "bailes" a couple of times on the rooftop….Oh what a priviledge it would have been to have seen it in its heyday!! I think my mother has a charcoal drawing I did back when I was around 15 years old. If I find it, I'll try and scan it and send it to you guys! Thanks for the memories! - George L. Rodriguez, Jr. Chesapeake, Virginia, July 31, 2006

  • Subject: Prada Marfa
    As me and my mom were on our way to Eagle Pass we passed the shoestore [Prada Marfa] and we were not sure if it was what we had seen. We wanted to make a U-turn and see if it was really there. Well, on our way back it was there. We stopped and took pictures of it. To us it was a store in the middle of nowhere, but [we] enjoyed it as well. I told my brother about it and he doesn't belive it's really there. - Marisa Flores, May 11, 2006

  • When you were down in Eagle Pass did you cross the border and go to Guerrero, about 25 miles down river from Piedras Negras, to visit the mission San Juan Baptista?

    This mission was the original mission and the headquarters from which the fathers operated in their forming and governing the missions in Texas including the Alamo. It is a ruin now but the Mexican government has made some attempts to save it. - Sincerely, Bick Eubanks, June 24, 2002

  • "Nearby is the site of the Battle of Dove Creek, although it is on private land. This fight took place in January of 1865 and involved a Confederate Frontier Battalion and a large number of Kickapoo Indians who were en route to Mexico (where they remain today)."

    I found the above in your description of Sherwood. While it is true that the Kickapoo do live near Nacimientos, Coahuila, Mexico, they also live near Eagle Pass, Texas and in Kansas and travel between all locations freely.

    I really enjoy Texas Escapes and thank you for your dedicated work on it. - Respectfully Yours, Bick Eubanks, June 22, 2002

    Our special thanks to local historian Al Kinnsal and the Fort Duncan Museum for providing us with many of the photos in our Eagle Pass town site.

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    Eagle Pass, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Piedras Negras, Mexico
    Del Rio
    See Maverick County

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