South Texas Plains
2010 Census - 375
2000 Census - 493
Mirando City, Texas
Mirando City Texas History:
The town is located on land originally granted to Nicolas Mirando. The land was previously occupied by a small ranching community. In 1881 the Texas Mexican Railway built a loading platform in Mirando City to facilitate the shipping of sheep and cattle to the coast. The town also shipped Peyote cacti. Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr counties are the only commercial sources of peyote cactus in the U.S. This cactus has been harvested for over a hundred years for use in Indian religious ceremonies. In 1921, Oliver Killam, who had the first commercial oil well in the area, platted the town of Mirando City. Several months later a gusher at another drilling site caused an oil boom. Miranda City became the commercial center for the oil fields. One of the town’s major problems was a lack of water. Water was hauled from Bruni at a cost of $13 per tank car. In 1922, William Sterling and John Long dug wells near the springs in Los Ojuelos. They then built a pipeline to Mirando City and installed the town’s first water meters. Heavy usage dropped the water table causing the springs to dry up. Deepening the wells worked for a time, but they dried up in the 1930s. In January, 2014, a Texas Historical Marker was dedicated to the 1952 Lala’s Café. Mirando City is the second largest town in Webb County. It is located just south of SH 359 on RR 649, 30 miles east of Laredo, 10miles west of Bruni, approximately 20 miles northwest of Hebbronville, and approximately 45 miles northeast of Zapata, Texas.
Los Ojuelos Ranch Historic District:
The area was first settled in 1810. The first settler was Eugenio Gutierrez who received a land grant from Spain; he returned to Mexico. His grandsons (Dionicio, Jose Maria and Juan Guerra) returned and settled the same site in 1855. Between 1855 and 1857 they built the Los Ojuelos Ranch complex adjacent to artesian springs. The Guerra brothers raised cattle, horses and sheep, and grew corn. The population reached approximately 400, and from time to time served as a Texas Rangers headquarters. During the 1860s it was a stop on the pony express route between Laredo and Corpus Christi. Thirteen sandstone houses and numerous ruins remain, many with flat caliche-covered roofs. Los Ojuelos is currently a small ranching village with a few ranch workers living there permanently. A few of the landowners have renovated some of buildings for use as weekend homes. The complex is located on private property on FM 649, approximately 2.5 miles south of Mirando City.
La Casita Café, Bruni, Texas:
This relatively new café serves comfort foods such as burgers, chicken fried steak, hamburger steak, pork chops, Mexican foods, appetizers, and sides. (361) 747-5349. SH 359, Bruni, Texas. 
Lil Korner Stoppe, Bruni, Texas:
This small restaurant serves to go orders. Menu items include breakfast tacos, hamburgers, brisket tacos, and other items. Breakfast is served to go Mon-Fri, 5am-9pm. Breakfast tacos are served on Weekends from 5am-10:30am. Lunch and Dinner are served Mon-Thu, 3:30pm-8:30pm; Fri, 3:30pm-11pm; Sat, 10:30am-11pm; Sun, 10:30am-3pm. (361) 747-5503. The restaurant is located on the corner of SH 359 and FM 2050, Bruni, Texas 78344.
Birding - Heart of Texas East Birding Trail:
Laredo Loop:  Laredo
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for South Texas Brushlands
Webb County Night Birds Survey
Webb County Bird Checklist with Photos
Circle H Outfitters:
They offer guided hunts for deer, bobcats and coyotes in Brackettville, Laredo and Refugio, Texas; afternoon bass fishing is included. Dove and spring turkey hunts are available at the Brackettville ranch. Dove hunts are available near Alvin, Rockport and Brackettville, Texas. (281) 535-1930. Email  
Callaghan Ranch, Encinal:
They offer guided bow and gun hunts for white-tailed deer, feral hog, coyote, mountain lion, and bobcat. Jeff Fischer: (361) 548-7466 or (956) 417-4608. They are located in Encinal, Texas which is located northeast of Laredo, and southwest of Cotulla, Texas
Lincoln Ranch Bow Hunting:
They offer guided bow hunts for white-tailed deer, feral hog, and javelina. (830) 238-3494. Packages and correspondence: 288 Felix Fisher Road, Hunt. Physical Address: 9170 Lincoln-Nicholson Road, Encinal, TX.
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
Rio Grande River:
The Rio Grande rises 12,000 feet above sea level in the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado as a clear, spring and snow-fed mountain stream. The river cuts through the middle of New Mexico to the sites of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez at the junction of Chihuahua, Mexico and Texas. At that point, because of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which terminated the Mexican War, the Rio Grande became the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. It forms the western or southern borders of El Paso, Hudspeth, Presidio, Brewster (where the river's sweeping curve gives Big Bend National Park its name), Terrell, Val Verde, Kinney, Maverick, Webb, Zapata, Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron Counties. The river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The river has many large and small tributaries including the Pecos and Devils Rivers which enter the Rio Grande at the Amistad Reservoir northwest of Del Rio, Texas. At El Paso the Rio Grande caused friction in the 1870s, when the river bit deep into the banks of Mexico and gradually transferred land to the United States. The famous Chamizal Dispute was not settled until 1963, when 437 acres was ceded from downtown El Paso to Mexico. The agreement economically strengthened both cities. The international border at the two cities is now lined with concrete so that the river will never again shift its channel. In Mexico the river is known as the Rio Bravo del Norte, or Rio Bravo. Fish Stocking History
Lake Casa Blanca:
The 1,650 surface are lake’s dam was first constructed on Chacon Creek in 1946; the dam was damaged during the impoundment of the lake. Construction of the second dam began in 1947; the current lake was impounded in 1951. Maximum lake depth is 36 feet. Aquatic vegetation includes cattails and bulrushes. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, channel, blue and flathead catfish, crappie and carp. The lake is owned and operated by Web County and is used for recreational purposes. The only lake facilities are located at Lake Casa Blanca State Park. The lake is located on SH 59, 5 miles northeast of downtown Laredo, Texas.(956) 721-2560. From U.S. 59 go north on Bob Bullock Loop (Loop 20) to the park entrance. TPWD Public Access Facilities Map  Fishing Information & Tip Sheet  Lake Records  Fish Stocking History
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park Information:
This 371 acre park is located on the 1,650 surface acre Lake Casa Blanca, east of Laredo in Webb County. In 1990, the state acquired the park from the City of Laredo and Webb County. The park opened to the public in 1991. Activities include camping, picnicking, lake swimming, boating, mountain biking, birding and fishing. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information, go to the Lake Casa Blanca International State Park Home Page. The park is located east of Laredo. From U.S. 59, exit on Bob Bullock Loop (Loop 20), then turn on State Senator Judith Zaffirini Road.
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar