Texas Heritage Society - Tour of Texas
& November 1, 2009
Below are some of the photographs taken by
members of the Texas Heritage Society during the Tour of Texas
History #3, "The Mier Expedition." As there are quite a
few photographs, please give this page a little time to
Mier historian, Dr. Antonio Guerra, describes
the Battle of Mier to members and guests of the Texas
Heritage Society. Dr. Guerra is an attorney in the
City of Mier, State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. The building
the THS members are standing in front of on the left side of
the photo is one of the buildings defended by the Texans in
December 1842. The monument on the right side of the
photo was dedicated to the Mexican soldiers who fought and died
in the Battle of Mier.
These two buildings, the grey
building on the left side of the picture and the red building
on the right side of the picture, were defended by the Texas
soldiers during the Battle of Mier. The Mexican army,
under the command of General Ampudia, had placed cannons
at the end of the street to prevent the escape of the Texas
This photograph was taken following a brief
ceremony in which flowers were layed by Texas Heritage
Society members, David Martin and Kameron Searle. The
card attached read: "In memory of the men who fought and died
in the Battle of Mier December 25-26, 1842."
TOUR OF TEXAS HISTORY #3 - "Mier Expedition" - October 30
& 31, 2009
Photograph courtesy of David L.
THE TEXAS HERITAGE SOCIETY
The Mier Expedition
Click here to see some of the photographs taken this weekend,
October 30 - November 1,
Mier and Guerrero
The Texas Heritage Society is taking a trip to Ciudad Mier,
Estado de Tamaulipas, Mexico to learn firsthand about
the Mier Expedition and the Black Bean Episode.
This is a rare slice of Texas history that no other historical
group in the State of Texas has
ever undertaken before.
On Friday October 30, 2009, we drive to
La Borde House Hotel at Rio Grande
City on the Mexican border.
Dinner at Che's restaurant at the La Borde House hotel that
Early Saturday morning, October 31, 2009, guided by Jesus
(Chuy) Correa, President of the Chamber of Commerce
at nearby Roma, we will cross the border at Rio
Grande City and have breakfast at Ciudad
We will travel to Attorney Antonio Guerra's office, who has
many photos of the fight on the walls, for a splendid
account in English of the battle at Mier. If time
permits, perhaps he will also tell us a little bit about Fidel
Castro's activities in Mier. This was arranged
by Chuy Correa with the Mayor of Ciudad
We will visit the museum in Mier, near buildings with bullet
holes from the battle, that is usually closed on
Lunch in a local Mier restaurant.
We will cross the border back to the US at Roma
and visit the historical museum and old plaza where the movie
Viva Zapata was
Drive to Rio Grande City and take a city trolley ride to Robert
E. Lee's home and museum and the replica of the Grotto of
Lourdes, and other
Dinner at La Borde House.
Sunday morning, November 1, 2009, travel
Guerrero Viejo (Old Guerrero) and visit the old city
that rose from the water of
Lake Falcon when the water level dropped. Escorted by Chuy
Return to Houston from Lake Falcon or stay another day and
visit some more sites.
Everyone must have
La Borde House is an historical old hotel where Lady Bird
Johnson used to stay. According to the Rio Grande
City web page,
La Borde House is on the National Register of Historic
Places. Rooms are $69 and $80 for the seven
regular hotel rooms at La Borde.
These seven rooms are all reserved by our group. There are
two other smaller rooms with baths they call apartments
for $57 a night. Don't know much about
Rio Grand City also has a Holiday
For further information contact.