Big Bend
2010 Census - 4,426
2000 Census - 4,167
Presidio, Texas
Presidio Texas History:
The area around present-day Presidio is thought to be the oldest continuously cultivated area in the United States. Evidence shows that the land has been farmed since 1500 B.C. By 1400 A.D. the area Indians lived in small, close-together settlements, which the Spaniards later called pueblos. The first Spaniard to visit the area was Cabeza de Vaca in 1553. Later Spanish visitors renamed the area. In 1759, Alonso Rubin de Celis established the Presidio Del Norte. In 1830, the name of the area around Presidio was renamed Presidio del Norte. Anglo settlers began arriving in 1848 after the Mexican War. John established a horse ranch, and Ben Leaton and Milton Faver built private forts in the area. Presidio was almost destroyed by Comanches in 1849. The Presidio post office was established in 1868. In 1930, the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway began providing service to the town. The town grew from approximately 100 residents in 1930 to 1,600 in the late 1980s. Due to an amnesty in 1988, Presidio experienced a boom. The movies “Rio Diablo,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” and “A Fronteira” were filmed at Big Bend Ranch State Park and in Presidio, Texas. The “Last Apache” segment of the TV series “Gunsmoke” was also filmed at the park and in Presidio. The movie “curse of the Lechusa” was filmed in Presidio. Presidio is located on the Rio Grande River at the western edge of Big Bend Ranch State Park at the intersection of U.S. 67 and FM 170 (O’ Reilly Street), 65 miles west of Big Bend National Park, 65 miles northwest of Study Butte, 62 miles northwest of Terlingua, 49.8 miles northwest of Lajitas, and 60 miles southwest of Marfa, Texas.
Historical Presidio (Fort) del Norte, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Proximate site of Presidio del Norte de la Junta established by Captain Alonzo Rubin de Celis in 1759-1760. Name of post retained in part by the present town and county. In this vicinity the missions of San Antonio de los Puliques, San Francisco de Los Julimes, Santa Maria la Redonda, San Pedro Alcantara, El Apostol Santiago, San Cristobal. Were first established in 1683-1684 by Don Juan Dominguez de Mendoza and Padre Fray Nicolas Lopez O. F. M. Maintained by Franciscan missionaries for the Christianizing and the civilizing of the Apache, Natages, Faraones, Puliques, Julimes, Jumanos, Zumas and other Indian tribes. Administered and controlled in 1746 by the custodia of New Mexico, 1836-1936.”
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Presidio International Bridge, Presidio, TX to Ojinaga, Mexico:
The U.S. 67 Bridge connects Presidio, Texas and Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. This is the only border crossing located between El Paso and Del Rio. The bridge is open 24 hours daily. The office is open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm. General Number: (432) 229-3349. Operations Center: (915) 633-7351.
City of Ojinaga, Mexico:
The town is located across the Rio Grande River from Presidio, Texas, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Its 2010 population was 22,744. The town was founded around AD 1200 by the Pueblo Native Americans. This rural community has relatively little pollution and urban problems. Some of the most famous Norteno musicians are from Ojinaga.    
City of Presidio Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, large print books, books in Spanish, genealogy information, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The children’s storytime is held every Saturday, 11am-12pm. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; closed Sunday. (432) 229-3317. The library is located at 1200 O’ Reilly Street (FM 170).
Event Venue – Presidio Activity Center:
(432) 229-3517. This center is located at 1400 East O’Reilly Street, just east of downtown Presidio. Email
Annual Presidio Fine Arts Festival, March:
Activities include live music all day, a street dance, dance performances and other performers, visual art exhibits, an ART parade, a cabrito cook-off, food and merchandise vendors, Moore Amusement Carnivals, and children’s entertainment. (432) 229-3517. Email
Annual Empty Bowls Event, April:
The Empty Bowl Project is a national effort to combat hunger. Potters and other artisans create handcrafted pottery bowls. Guests purchase a bowl which is filled with soup. Over 100 bowls were sold at the 2013 event. The proceeds from each bowl sold feed 40 people a meal. This event is held at the First Presidio Bank. Email
Annual 4th of July Celebration:
Activities start around noon with food, drinks, live music and other entertainment. The fireworks display is held at 10pm. This event takes place at the Presidio Sports Complex. (432) 229-3517. Email
Annual Santa Theresa de Jesus Church Bazaar, Oct:
Activities at this two day event include traditional food, arts and crafts, traditional dance, a raffle, and other activities. (432) 229-3235. 
Annual Border Zone International UFO Festival, Late Oct:
The 1974 Coyame Crash happened close to Presidio, Texas and Ojinaga, Mexico. The Dude of the Dead Music Festival is held at the Presidio Drag Race Track. A Border Zone Lecture Series takes place at the Presidio Activity center. Activities take place on both sides of the border so bring your passports. (432) 229-3517. Email
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec:
The city of Presidio and The Consulate Mexico join together for the lighting of the Bi-National Christmas Tree. Activities include a lighted parade, tamales, sweets and traditional drinks such as Champurrado. This event is held at the intersection of O’Reilly and Erma Streets. (432) 229-3517. Email
The Enlightened Bean & Cafe: 3-0
This popular local place serves great coffee, and very good breakfast items, salads, panni and sandwiches, and other menu items. Open 7:30am-3pm. (432) 229-3131. 201 West O’Reilly Street. Reviews
El Patio Restaurant:
This local favorite serves very good Mexican food. (432) 229-4409. 513 East O'Reilly Street (FM 170. Reviews 
They serve very good Mexican and Italian menu items. (432) 229-4111. 608 West O’Reilly Street.