South Texas Plains

's southern region is, for the most part, a forbidding desert area. A borderland with nearby , it acts as a gateway for those coming north and those going south.

is a city on the . was named after the daughter of ranchman Richard King, who established the famous King Ranch.

is a city in the . is known as the Little Alsace of Texas, because its founder brought in a large group of settlers from in the 1840s.

is a city in the , across the Rio Grande from in .

is a city on the . It is just across the river from the slightly larger city of Piedras Negras in the state of .

The twin cities of , and , , which celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2005, are situated on the banks of the Rio Grande.

is the third largest city in the state of Texas and the 7th largest in the .

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