NAME: Paso Real
COUNTY: Cameron
CLIMATE: Hot summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Fall, spring
COMMENTS: Paso Real is located 19 miles southeast of Raymondville, Tx. (Willacy County) and just north of Rio Hondo, Tx. (Cameron County) along the banks of the Arroyo Colorado River.
REMAINS: Nothing, just a fishing point.
Paso Real was one of the primary stops on the old stagecoach trail that ran from Beeville, Tx. to Brownsville, Tx. The site also served as a ferry crossing. General Zachary Taylor crossed there when he was in the area during the Mexican War (1846-48). A school, a general store and a post office served the community when the stage ran through the eastern part of the counties. The original Stagecoach Inn was in operation approximately 1860-1904 offering lodging and food to travelers. The extension of the railroad to the Rio Grande Valley eventually prompted the closing of the 3 bedroom Inn. In 1948 there were three dwellings in Paso Real in the late 1960's two of the dwellings were destroyed by a hurricane, and a portion of the Stagecoach Inn collapsed into the Arroyo Colorado River, the remaining portion was moved and rebuilt on the grounds of the Rio Grande Valley Museum in Harlingen, Texas. Submitted by: Reuben Robles