Los Indios Texas History:
In 1789, Eugenio and Bartolome Fernandez settled on the Los Indios portion of the Concepcion de Carricitos land grant they received from Spain. The Los Indios area is located just north of the Rio Grande River. In 1845, the U.S. annexed the Republic of Texas. President Polk asserted that the Texas-Mexico boundary should be the Rio Grande River. When Mexico disputed this boundary, Polk ordered Zachary Zachary Taylor’s army (in Corpus Christi) to advance to San Antonio, and thus began the Mexican-American War which lasted eighteen months between 1846 and 1847. During the Civil War, cotton and other goods were smuggled into to Mexico through the Los Indios area. In 1913, the San Benito and Rio Grande Valley Railroad established a shipping depot in Los Indios. The Los Indios post office was established the same year. A general store opened in 1914. The railroad closed in 1949. The Los Indios-Lucio Blanco International Free Trade Bridge was built in 1992. Today, a Colonia
lies adjacent to the town. Los Indios is located just north of the Rio Grande River off U.S. 281, 14.5 miles slightly southeast of Progreso, 26 miles southeast of Donna, 20.5 miles southeast of Weslaco, 15.7 miles southeast of Mercedes, 11.5 miles southeast of La Feria, 12 miles southwest of Harlingen, 10.8 miles southwest of San Benito, 20 miles southwest of Los Fresnos, 45 miles slightly southwest of South Padre Island, and 21 miles northwest of Brownsville, Texas.
Valley Transit Company Shuttle Services -Valley International Airport Harlingen:
This company provides shuttle services from the Harlingen Airport, the Brownsville Airport and McAllen Miller International Airport to South Padre Island, Brownsville, Rancho Viejo, McAllen and all other cities within the Rio Grande Valley. Reservations are strongly recommended; a fee applies. Vehicles used include vans and 33, 52 and 57 passenger buses. To request an airport shuttle quote, fill out their quotation request form
, or call or email them. (956) 423-5467. (866) 934-6882. Email
Nuevo Progreso, Mexico:
Progreso has a small downtown shopping area with some very good stores, and is a favorite of tourists crossing into Mexico; many South Padre Island residents and visitors favor Nuevo Progreso. From south Harlingen, take the Rio Hondo exit, then go west on SH 509 South. At the intersection with U.S. 281, go west (right). Going straight on 509 at this intersection takes you to a trade bridge. From U.S. 281 West, go left on FM 1015 to the bridge. Parking lots on the U.S. side are located on both sides of FM 1015, just before entering the bridge. The favored parking lot in the one on the west side (right) side of the highway; a manned parking booth collects the $2 vehicle fee. A store adjacent to the pay booth sells groceries and cold water. Park, then head for the southeast corner of the parking lot where you will find a covered seating area, and a store selling Lime Aid and other items; between, and slightly behind, the seating area and store is a walkway leading up to restrooms and the entrance to the pedestrian walkway. You enter Mexico through a turnstile, and leave Mexico through a turnstile, passing the customs desk. The Mexico turnstile costs a quarter, and the U.S. turnstile costs 30 or 35 cents, so bring change. The Canada Store, a favorite shopping destination, closed due to lack of tourists because of the drug war. Arturo’s Restaurant, a favorite of tourists and locals, is still open. Only pitted avocados may be brought into the U.S. You can purchase avocados and other fresh fruits and vegetables at a very nice farm stand on the U.S. side of the border on the west side of FM 1015. Nuevo Progreso is located across the Rio Grande River from Progresso, 7 miles south of Weslaco, and 21.5 miles slightly southwest of Harlingen, Texas.
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Progreso International Bridge to Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, 2003:
The original bridge was built in 1952. The new bridge was beautifully constructed; it consists of vehicle lanes and covered pedestrian lanes. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic is usually fairly light crossing from the U.S. Side; there are sometimes long vehicle and pedestrian lines crossing from the Mexico side. A truck bridge is located on the east side of the main bridge; this truck bridge removes truckers from the vehicle/pedestrian bridge and allows truckers to bypass downtown Progreso. Progreso has a small downtown shopping area with some very good stores, and is a favorite of tourists crossing into Mexico. The bridge is on FM 1015, off of U.S. 83 in Progreso. Office: (956) 565-6361. 100 S. International Progreso, Texas, 78596.
Los Indios-Lucio Blanco International Free Trade Bridge, 1992:
This four lane bridge connecting Los Indios to Matamoros, Mexico was completed in 1992. It is operated by Cameron County. The bridge is open to pedestrians, and passenger and commercial vehicles. Open daily, 6am-Midnight. Office: (956) 361-0070. 100 Los Indios Boulevard, Los Indios, TX 78567. From U.S. 281 (Military Highway) go south on CR 509; it becomes Cantu Road.