Essentials: Steamboat Landmarks
The Rio Grande Steamboat Route
The Museum of South Texas History is at 200 N. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg. Call 956/383-6911; www.mosthistory.org.
Isla Blanca Park lies at the southern tip of South Padre Island. Brazos Santiago Pass and Brazos Island can be seen from the picnic facilities along Park Rd. 100. Call 956/761-5494.
The Port Isabel Lighthouse (part of the Museums of Port Isabel) is at 421 Queen Isabella Blvd. in Port Isabel. The lighthouse also houses the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center; call 956/943-2262; 800/527-6102. Within walking distance of the Port Isabel Lighthouse are the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum; call 956/943-7602; www.portisabelmuseums.com.
The Brownsville Historical Association’s Brownsville Heritage Complex, in the 1300 block of E. Washington St. in Brownsville, includes the Stillman House Museum, the Brownsville Heritage Museum, the Heritage Resource Center, and the Aiken Education Center, plus a 5th site, the old city Cemetery Center. Call 956/541-5560; www.brownsvillehistory.org.
Fort Ringgold and the Robert E. Lee House are 1 mile east of downtown Rio Grande City on US 83. The museum and other historic buildings, such as the Kenedy warehouse, can be seen by car or by a trolley tour arranged by the Rio Grande City Main Street Program; call 956/488-0047.
In Roma, visit the Roma Bluffs World Birding Center office at 610 N. Portscheller St. Call 956/849-4930; www.worldbirdingcenter.org. For information about Roma, contact City Hall, 956/849-1411; www.cityofroma.net.
From the July 2008 issue.