11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Los Caminos del Rio Heritage Corridor
Year Listed: 2001
Threat: Deterioration, Development, Neglect
Stretching for 200 miles between the cities of Laredo and Brownsville, the area known as "Los Caminos del Rio" encompasses farms and ranches, fast-growing cities and dusty small towns whose history and architecture reflect a rich blend of Hispanic, Latino and Anglo cultures. The region is also a patchwork of newfound economic prosperity and longstanding poverty - a perplexing paradox that has thwarted efforts by agencies on both sides of the US-Mexican border to preserve historic buildings and neighborhoods and encourage heritage tourism.