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Old 12-06-2010, 09:45 AM   #40
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Fun Facts: The Rio Grande

Now that the story line is officially across the river, let's take a closer look at that river...

The Rio Grande

Headwaters are in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

Is the second longest river in the United States

Drains an area about the size of California

Forms the border between the U.S. (Texas) and Mexico for 2/3 of its course

From Laredo/Nuevo Laredo to its mouth in the Gulf, it is the primary source of drinking water for communities in both Mexico and the U.S.

Known in Mexico as the Rio Bravo or Rio Bravo del Norte

Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas (east of Reynosa) is named after the river

Borders the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas
(throw in Texas for an excellent trivia question )

Barely navigable by anything other than small boats in most places

Not historically recognized in the 1800s by the Mexican government as the official border between Mexico and the Republic of Texas (Nueces River was the recognized boundry)



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