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Del Rio, a city of approximately 38,000 people is largely defined by its proximity to Mexico. Residents, commerce and tourists flow with ease back and forth via the Del Rio Border Crossing. Del Rio is near Laughlin Air Force Base and its warm temperatures throughout the year attract many long-term winter visitors. A draw for year-round recreation is Lake Amistad, a reservoir along the Rio Grande shared with Mexico, and Amistad National Recreation Area.

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Images Del Rio, Texas is published annually by Journal Communications inc. and is distributed through the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses. For advertising information or to direct questions or comments about the magazine, contact Journal Communications inc. at (615) 771-0080 or by email at info@jnlcom.com. FOR mORE INFORmATION, CONTACT: Del Rio Chamber of Commerce 1915 veterans Blvd, Del Rio, tx 78840 Phone: (830) 775-3551 Fax: (830) 774-1813 www.drchamber.com vISIT Images Del RIo, Texas ONLINE AT LIvAbILITy.COm/dEL-RIO/Tx Copyright 2012 Journal Communications inc., 725 Cool springs Blvd., suite 400, Franklin, tN 37067, (615) 771-0080. All rights reserved. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without written consent. Member the Association of Magazine Media Member Custom Content Council

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Welcome to Del Rioan intRoduction to the aReas people, places and events

springing to lifesan Felipe springs is a set of 10 springs that constitute a major underground source of water for Del Rio and laughlin Air Force Base with the springs being the fourth largest network in texas. these springs produce about 90 million gallons of fresh water each day, which fosters Del Rios ability to support new residents and businesses. the importance of these springs to Del Rios livelihood is nothing new as they have been Del Rios primary source of fresh water for consumption and crop irrigation since the area was first settled. the springs are also home to a unique species of fish called the san Felipe gambusia.

New Business in older Areashistoric downtown Del Rio is being revitalized by the variety of businesses setting up shop. las Playas seafood Restaurant & oyster Bar boasts live music and distinct delicacies such as Rockefeller Filet, Molcajetes and the scorpion shrimp Platter. CoreFitness is a fitness studio that offers exercise machines; courses in exercise routines like yoga, aerobics and tai Chi; and more than 1,600 square feet of floor space. visit www.corefitnessdelrio.com for more information. Buffalo Girls is a boutique in the heart of downtown that offers jewelry, shoes, clothes and home dcor from such brands as ivy Jane, Jan Barboglio and it Jeans. the Brown Bag is a restaurant located adjacent to Buffalo Girls that features soups, salads and sandwiches.

Rough RidersFans of exciting, full-contact sports descend upon Del Rio each year to attend the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Event. the event derives its name from the legendary bull rider George Paul, a native of Del Rio who holds the world record for riding 79 bulls consecutively and who won the National Finals Bull Riding Average at the 1968 RCA World Championship. this event showcases the thrilling action of professional riders holding on for dear life to bucking bulls that can weigh more than 1,800 pounds. this annual rodeo celebrated its 35th year of competition in April. For more information, visit www.georgepaulmemorialbullriding.com.

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Fast Factsn del Rio typically welcomes scores of winter visitors each december. many of these winter residents have treated the city as their second home for years, escaping harsh northern winters. n amtraks sunset limited route between louisiana and california serves the del Rio area, and national park service guides from the amistad national Recreation area board the train to educate passengers about the areas natural and cultural heritage as part of the trails & Rails program.

A Place to Cool offDel Rios local waterways provide oases during the warmer summer days. these watery playgrounds include san Felipe Creek and lake Amistad. san Felipe Creek is a waterway fed by the san Felipe springs. this creek extends nine miles and carries an average of 50 million to 90 million gallons of water through downtown Del Rio each day, eventually depositing the water directly into the Rio Grande River. this creek is a popular spot for fishing and swimming. More information can be found at www.cityofdelrio. com. lake Amistad is located 12 miles northwest of Del Rio and covers an area of about 65,000 acres with a maximum depth of 217 feet. the lakes abundant size and stocked fishing reserves make it the perfect place for boating, swimming and fishing. Find more information at www.nps.gov/amis.

del rio at a glancepOpuLATION Del Rio: 36,000 val verde County: 48,879 LOCATION Del Rio is located 153 miles west of san Antonio and 156 miles south of san Angelo. bEGINNINGS Del Rios original name was san Felipe del Rio until 1883, when the first post office was established and the name was shortened. FOR mORE INFORmATION Del Rio Chamber of Commerce 1915 veterans Blvd. Del Rio, tx 78840 (830) 775-3551 www.drchamber.coms co Pe

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