Our second stop of the day Thursday was at another border town, Rio Grande City. One of the oldest settlements in Texas, it was founded in 1746 by Jose de Escandon, a Spanish colonizer. The town was once part of a ranching community. During the 19th century the city had a active passenger and cargo shipping trade with New Orleans. We came to the city primarily to see Fort Ringgold, which was established in 1848 as a border cavalry post by General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War. Driving into the historical area of the city we saw no signs pointing us to the fort, so we decided to get out of the car and walk. We soon found ourselves walking on a shady lane through a park-like area which covered several blocks. Large concrete picnic benches and tables were located along that path. The shade was appreciated as it had turned out to be quite a warm day with temperatures in the mid eighties.