Fun Things to Do in Zapata

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fun things to do in Zapata

Historic Zapata County Courthouse

Zapata is the county seat of Zapata County, Texas.  Zapata was named for José Antonio de Zapata, the revolutionary commander who served in the cavalry of the Republic of the Rio Grande.

Hacienda Dolores was the earliest civilized settlement in present Zapata County and the ruins are designated a state historic site. The historic old town on the banks of the Rio Grande was relocated to higher ground with the completion of Falcon Dam.  A new Zapata was built on US 83.  Zapata  joins Texas under six flags but also boasts a seventh flag-The Republic of the Rio Grande-that flew over the area briefly in 1840.

Fun Things to Do in Zapata:

LaPaz County Historical Museum…Originally built out of hand cut sandstone in 1898, this home turned museum exhibits artifacts and photos from the county.  Located at 307 Lincoln. Ave., inside the A.L.Benavides Elementary School in San Ygnacio.

Falcon Reservoir…This large reservoir is owned jointly by the US an Mexico, Falcon State Park at lakeside offers fishing boat ramps, camping an picnicking.  Located between Zapata and Roma on US 83.

Zapata County Courthouse…Zapata has had four county courthouses; 1874, 1901, 1953 and 2005. The current courthouse built in 2005 (pictured above) is made of brick and concrete.

Zapata County Museum of History…This museum features artifacts and interactives which  tell the story of the area beginning with geologic development through the present. The museum is open Tuesday thru Friday 10AM-4PM. Admission charge. Located at 805 Main St.

Where to Eat in Zapata:

El Paraiso Resturant…Mexican.  Located at 1904 US 83.

Steak House…Located at 111 US 83.

El Rinco De Los Angeles…Mexican… Located at 309 US 83.

When visiting Zapata nearby attractions include Laredo and Roma.

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