Fun Things to Do in Roma

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Fun Things to Do in Roma

Roma Texas

Roma is a city in Starr County, Texas.   The city is located along the Rio Grande and serves as a port of entry from Mexico into the U.S. via the Roma-Ciudad Miguel Alemán International Bridge.

Roma was established in 1821 in what had been the Spanish province of Nuevo Santander.

Prior to Texas’s independence from Mexico in 1836, the town was listed as under the jurisdiction of the town of Mier, Tamaulipas, and prior to Mexican independence existed under Spanish rule.

The site offered a convenient crossing on the Rio Grande, which became known as El Paso de la Mula (Pass of the Mules). The area was notable for a salt trade from the Roma area to Monterrey. The Roma area became the Mexican province of Tamaulipaswith Mexican independence, but then became part of Texas with the establishment of the Republic of Texas in 1835.

Although there was a battle at Mier during the Mexican-American War in 1848, the region remained part of Texas. During theAmerican Civil War the region became wealthy on the cotton trade, which was transshipped via Mexico to Europe. While steamboats were able to access Roma through the mid-nineteenth century, lowering water levels as a result of development upstream ended river shipment by the 1880s. Bypassed by railroads, Roma stagnated and inadvertently preserved itself from development.

Fun Things to Do in Roma

Falcon State Park…This park offers scenic views and abundant wildlife  The park offers wonderful fishing and birding observations in winter.  The park also features a butterfly garden.  Located 15 miles west of Roma via US 83.  Admission Charge.

Roma Bluffs World Birding Center…This center offers a spectacular view of the river and woodlands below.  Traveling down a stairway, a river side trails leads upstream an eventually link to adjacent US Fish and Wildlife preserves.  Located at 610 N. Portscheller St.  Free

fun things to do in Roma

View into Mexico from Roma Bluff

Roma Historic District…This district consists of 38 buildings from 1829-1870’s and 19 brick buildings from the 1880’s-1900.  It is on a bluff above the Rio Grande and is located at 77 E. Convent St.

Where to Eat in Roma:

El Barquito Oyster Bar…Located at 2042 E. Grant

Fiesta Fried Chicken…Located at 402 N. Grant. St.

When visiting the fun things to do in Roma nearby attractions include Rio Grande City and Zapata.

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