Laredo is the city seat of Webb County and sits on the north bank of the Rio Grande in Southern Texas. It is 150 miles southwest of San Antonio and is situated across from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Laredo, TX History
For 200 years Laredo was the scene of violent uprisings as a result of Indian wars, border disagreements, and upsets amongst California gold-rushers. In 1849 during the Mexican-=American War, the town was occupied by Texas rangers. Following the war, the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ceded the land to the United States. Unhappy with this granting, the townspeople voted to petition the US government to return the town to Mexico but were denied. In retaliation many people crossed the border back into Mexican territory and founded Nuevo Laredo, leaving the remaining residents to become Texans.
According to the 2020 census, there were 236,091residents making Laredo the tenth most populated city in Texas. It also has the highest Hispanic population out of any US city except Puerto Rico.
Major Laredo Attractions
Laredo is home to Texas A& M International University and Laredo College. Both add to the cultural and intellectual vibrancy of the community by educating more than 20,000 students a year. It also boasts an international airport known as Laredo International.
Laredo’s entire economic system is based on trade with Mexico. It has four international bridges, the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, the Gateway to Americas Bridge, the Laredo-Columbia Bridge, and the World Trade Bridge. It also has the Laredo Railroad Bridge. The economy is based on commercial and industrial warehousing and the import and export business.
The climate in Laredo is classified as semi-arid with hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from 11-115 degrees with an annual rainfall of 20,2 inches on average. The most rain falls between the months of May and October.
Laredo Fun Facts
One little-known fact about Laredo is the streets running from east to west in the downtown area are named after American and Mexican generals. Founded in 1755, Laredo was its own independent country. Laredo grew from a small village into the capital city of the independent Republic of the Rio Grande in the 1800’s.