Here we go, south bound on US Highway 281 Giddy Up. From the lovely Guadalupe River area of Bulverde/Spring Branch. We will be traveling the Z stretch of 281 to the toe of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.
Bulverde/Spring Branch Area. Located in the Hill Country of South Central Texas, the western portion of Comal County, and located just north of San Antonio on Highway 281. Bulverde Texas Online: Bulverde/Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce:
San Antonio, 1,328,984. Named for Saint Anthony of Padua. Have you every heard "Remember the Alamo"? Here it is. The most visited city in Texas. The largest of the cities on Highway 281, that includes all of the five states that make up the US Highway 281 corridor. Located in the south-central part of the state, San Antonio is Texas' second-largest city. During the twentieth century, San Antonio became an important military center for the Army and Air Force through both world wars; a distinction which it has retained to this day. San Antonio Chamber of Commerce: City of San Antonio's Official Website:
Pleasanton, 9,591 a city in Atascosa County, Texas is on our journey southbound 281. "The City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks." I hear strawberries from this area are real goood. Pleasanton is known to be home to the first cowboy. Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce: The Pleasanton Express News:
Three Rivers Texas, 1,697. Where the Atascosa, Frio and Nueces Rivers Meet. Principal industries include farming, ranching, oil and gas production and tourism (principally hunting and fishing.) Three Rivers, Texas Chamber of Commerce:
The City of Alice, Texas, 19,759 on Highway 281. The county seat of Jim Wells County is centrally located in South Texas. The City of Alice was named after the daughter of one of the founders of the famed King Ranch. Alice the town is also known for an incident in 1948 involving Lyndon B. Johnson's bid for the U.S. Senate. Since we are talk'n about Texas. Alice Chamber of Commerce: City of Alice Texas:
At the crossroads of U.S. Highway 281 and State Highway 107. The town was named Chapin in honor of one of the developers. It became the county seat of Hidalgo County in a dramatic, nighttime covert operation. The community changed its name to Edinburg to honor a prominent businessman who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
McAllen,127,245 is a good sized city on 281. Located at the southern end of US Highway 281 in an area known as the Rio Grande Valley. Only about five miles from the Mexican border. U.S. Route 83, which connects the Valley to West Texas. About 70 miles west of South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico. McAllen, Texas has a humid subtropical climate, similar to that of the Tampa Bay Area of Florida but with less precipitation and slightly higher summer maximum temperatures. Its unique location at the meeting of several different climates (subtropical, Chihuahuan desert, gulf coast, and great plains). Edinburg Chamber of Commerce: McAllen Chamber of Commerce:
Brownsville, 172,806. Brownsville is a semi-tropical paradise of stately palm trees, ever-blooming bougainvilleas, exotic birds, and coastal breezes. Add to this to rich history of two countries separated by the Rio Grande River, but joined by hundreds of years of tradition, family and trade and you have a wonderful place. Brownsville Chamber of Commerce: City of Brownsville, Texas: Brownsville, Texas Org.: The Brownsville Herald:
Here we are at the bottom of US Highway 281 in Texas. The tip of the toe to the water. Right next to a foreign country The Republic of Mexico. How about we get the wheels, point them north and head up to Canada on Highway 281. What a great country, the United States of America, we can visit two foreign countries on wheels. We never have to deal with all the airport mess, that can take the fun out of traveling to foreign countries. "Giddy Up on 281". God Bless America.
Drive Safely. Ya'll Come back...