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Encyclopedia > Eagle Pass, Texas
Map of the city 1887
Map of the city 1887

Eagle Pass is a city in Maverick County, Texas, United States. The population was 22,413 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Maverick CountyGR6. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 775 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (7280 × 5632 pixel, file size: 11. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 775 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (7280 × 5632 pixel, file size: 11. ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... Maverick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Maverick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. ...


Eagle Pass borders the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, to the south across the Rio Grande river. The international border between Mexico and the United States runs a total of 3,141 km (1,951 miles) from San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, in the west to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and Brownsville, Texas, in the east. ... Coordinates: , Country  Mexico State Coahuila Municipality Piedras Negras Founded June 15, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jesus Mario Flores Elevation 250 m (820 ft) Population (2005)  - City 143,915  - Demonym Nigropetense Time zone CST (UTC-6) Postal code 26000 Area code(s) 878 Website: www. ... For other uses, see Rio Grande (disambiguation). ...

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History

Eagle Pass was the first United States settlement on the Rio Grande. A temporary camp for a Texas Militia was set up in the area to stop illegal trade with Mexico during the Mexican-American War. The United States Army established Fort Duncan in 1849 a couple of miles upstream from the camp. Trade flourished under the protection of the fort. Combatants United States Mexico Commanders Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Stephen W. Kearney Antonio López de Santa Anna Mariano Arista Pedro de Ampudia José Mariá Flores Strength 78,790 soldiers 25,000–40,000 soldiers Casualties KIA: 1733 Total dead: 13,271 Wounded: 4,152 AWOL: 9,200+ 25,000... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Fort Duncan was a U.S. Army post, set up to protect the first U.S. settlement on the Rio Grande near the current town of Eagle Pass, Texas. ... Table of Fortification, from the 1728 Cyclopaedia. ...


In 1850, Rick Pawless opened a trading post called Eagle Pass. In 1871, Maverick County was established and Eagle Pass was named the county seat. During the remainder of the 1800s schools and churches opened, the mercantile and ranching industries grew, and a railway came through. For the game, see: 1850 (board game) 1850 (MDCCCL) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A trading post is a place where trading of goods takes place. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... // Invention of the Jacquard loom in 1801. ... Ranching is the raising of cattle or sheep on rangeland, although one might also speak of ranching with regard to less common livestock such as elk, bison or emu. ...


Geography

Location of Eagle Pass, Texas

Eagle Pass is located at 28°42′38″N, 100°29′22″W (28.710622, -100.489331)GR1. Image File history File links TXMap-doton-EaglePass. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 km² (7.4 mi²). 19.2 km² (7.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.40%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2006, there were 24,847 people, 6,925 households, and 5,588 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,169.4/km² (3,030.3/mi²). There were 7,613 housing units at an average density of 397.2/km² (1,029.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 2.73% White, 0.27% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 22.71% from other races, and 3.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 94.90% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 6,925 households out of which 43.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.69. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 32.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $23,623, and the median income for a family was $27,140. Males had a median income of $26,350 versus $17,346 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,414. About 26.0% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.0% of those under age 18 and 39.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Eagle Pass resides in Maverick County, the 9th poorest county in the country, due mainly to lack of employment beyond the public sector, and little to no investment from outside the city.


Education

Eagle Pass is served by the Eagle Pass Independent School District. The district is comprised of roughly 14 elementary schools, two junior high schools and 2 high schools which compete in UIL academics and sports. Eagle Pass Independent School District is a public school district based in Eagle Pass, Texas (USA). ...


In 2006, the school district created two four year high schools, Eagle Pass High School and CC Winn High School. Previously, Eagle Pass High School was for freshmen and sophomores while CC Winn was for juniors and seniors. The decision was in response to the rapid growth the community has been experiencing over the years.


The community is also served by branches of Sul Ross University, in the form of Rio Grande College, and Southwest Texas Junior College.


Attractions

Eagle Pass is home to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino, the only legal casino in South Texas. It is currently administered by the Kickapoo Indian reservation. In 2006, the owners of the casino were arrested on charges of fraud, as it was reported that they stole an estimated value of one million dollars from their venue, that should have gone to taxes, and the reservation itself. [citation needed] The Kickapoos are one of the Algonquian speaking Native American tribes. ...


The Mall de las Aguilas is the only shopping mall in town. Maverick County Lake is a popular location for family gatherings.


HVDC-back-to-back station

In 2000, as part of the power exchange between Texas and Mexico, a HVDC facility equipped with IGBTs was built. This facility, built by ABB, operates at a bipolar voltage of 15.9 kV and has a maximum transfer rate of 36 Megawatts. [1] HVDC or high-voltage, direct current electric power transmission systems contrast with the more common alternating-current systems as a means for the bulk transmission of electrical power. ... The Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor combines the simple gate drive characteristics of the MOSFET with the high current and low saturation voltage capability of bipolar transistors by combining an isolated gate FET for the control input, and a bipolar power transistor as a switch, in a single device. ...


Tornado

See also Piedras Negras-Eagle Pass Tornado

On April 24, 2007 at 7:00 p.m CST, a tornado tore through Eagle Pass, causing at least 10 known fatalities and leaving more than 80 injured. Two elementary schools were demolished and almost three hundred people were evactuated to shelters. [citation needed] The Piedras Negras-Eagle Pass Tornado was a deadly pair of tornadoes that struck the border cities of Piedras Negras, Coahuila and Eagle Pass, Texas along the United States-Mexican border on April 24, 2007. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ...


External links

  • City Eagle Pass, Texas Official Site
  • Handbook of Texas Online article
  • Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster explains why Eagle Pass is growing
  • Maverick County Judge Pepe Aranda on the Growth of Eagle Pass
  • A Day with the Kickapoo, and Indian tribe with a reservation near Eagle Pass
  • Our Sister City of Piedras Negras, Mexico
  • Maps and aerial photos for 28°42′38″N 100°29′22″W / 28.710622, -100.489331Coordinates: 28°42′38″N 100°29′22″W / 28.710622, -100.489331
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Eagle Pass, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (527 words)
Eagle Pass is a city located in Maverick County, Texas, United States.
Eagle Pass borders the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, to the south across the Rio Grande river.
Eagle Pass was the first United States settlement on the Rio Grande.
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