Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Our Stories

  • USS Lexington, Corpus Christi, Photo by Valerie D. BatesUSS Lexington, Corpus Christi, Photo by Valerie D. Bates
  • King Ranch, KingsvilleKing Ranch, Kingsville
  • Kenedy Pasture Company, Sarita, Photo by Valerie D. BatesKenedy Pasture Company, Sarita, Photo by Valerie D. Bates
  • Port Isabel, Photo by Valerie D. BatesPort Isabel, Photo by Valerie D. Bates

The Origin of the Texas Trails

As early as 1968 the Texas Highway Department had erected its blue and white roadside signs noting the Tropical Trail along some highways in South Texas and undertook
some marketing efforts.Texas Tropical Trail Partner Norman Rozeff wrote a great article about "The Origin of the Texas Trails."

Republic of the Rio Grande

The Rio Grande Valley, home to balmy weather, subtropical species, and lots of wintering Texans, spent a brief period of time as a renegade Mexican nation. Although never fully recognized (a condition not unfamiliar to the neighboring members of the Republic of Texas who were engaged in their own battle for Independence from Mexico), the Republic of the Rio Grande defined its new confederation as the area encompassing Tamaulipas and Coahuila northward to the Nueces and Medina Rivers.

Kingsville to Raymondville: A Wild Horse Desert Turned Ranching Empire

Cattle still reign supreme in Texas, thanks in part to Captain Richard King and his partner Mifflin Kenedy, two of our greatest ranching heritage icons. Both self-made men, King and Kenedy created a ranching dynasty that continues to thrive today.

Refugio to Zapata: Texans at War

War has always played a major role in shaping the state’s history. Texans served in the Texas Revolution, of course, and in the Mexican American War, the Civil War, both World Wars, and every conflict since.

South Padre island to Laredo: Steamboats and Borderland Culture

Imagine a balmy stretch of the Rio Grande River flowing calmly in a 19th century morning light. Drifting fog lifts with the rising sun, exposing the river to a birdsong blue sky.