Named for a San Antonio judge, Devine is a quiet town that’s best known as an agricultural center. Six miles southeast of the town lies the smaller community of Bigfoot, named for Texas Ranger Bigfoot Wallace, who took part in the Texas War for independence. Pearsall, home of just under 8,000 residents, is the capital of the region’s peanut crop (there’s even a peanut monument downtown). Drive south to the community of Dilley, also known for its agriculture.
Although peanuts are also grown in this region, here watermelons are king. Dilley’s economy also has benefited from another benefactor: oil. Many visitors have another reason to visit this community of just 3,000 residents. With more than 250 species spotted, Dilley is known for its birding. It’s a popular weekend trip with college students, shoppers, and anyone in search of fun. Nuevo Laredo, with over 500,000 inhabitants, is far larger than its American sister. The city engages in an enormous import-export business and holds the title as the largest port of entry on the Mexico-U.S. border. A seemingly endless procession of trucks crosses the bridge all day and night.
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