Eagle Pass, Texas

Eagle Pass is a city in and the county seat of Maverick County in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population was 26,255 as of the 2010 census (2019 estimate 29,684).[5]

Eagle Pass, Texas
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El Aguilón
El Paso del Aguila
Location of Eagle Pass, Texas
Location of Eagle Pass, Texas
Coordinates: 28°42′38″N 100°29′22″W / 28.71056°N 100.48944°W / 28.71056; -100.48944Coordinates: 28°42′38″N 100°29′22″W / 28.71056°N 100.48944°W / 28.71056; -100.48944
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Rolando Salinas
Elias Diaz
William "Billy" Davis
Yolanda Ramon
 • City ManagerGeorge Antuna
 • Total9.49 sq mi (24.58 km2)
 • Land9.42 sq mi (24.40 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
732 ft (223 m)
 • Total26,248
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,150.83/sq mi (1,216.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)830
FIPS code48-21892[3]
GNIS feature ID1356538[4]

Eagle Pass borders the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, which is to the southwest and across the Rio Grande. The Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras metropolitan area (EG-PN) is one of six binational metropolitan areas along the United States-Mexican border. As of January 2008, according to the US census, the EGPN's population was 48,401 people, and the Piedras Negras metropolitan area's population was 169,771.


Eagle Pass was the first American settlement on the Rio Grande. Originally known as Camp Eagle Pass, it served as a temporary outpost for the Texas militia, which had been ordered to stop illegal trade with Mexico during the Mexican–American War.[6] Eagle Pass is so named because the contour of the hills through which the Rio Grande flows bore a fancied resemblance to the outstretched wings of an eagle.[7]

General William Leslie Cazneau (1807–1876) founded the Eagle Pass townsite in the 1840s.[8]

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 19th century, schools and churches opened, the mercantile and ranching industries grew, and a railway was built.

The United States Army established the presumably permanent Fort Duncan on March 27, 1849, a few miles upstream from Camp Eagle Pass. Captain Sidney Burbank supervised the construction of Fort Duncan, which was named after Colonel James Duncan, who had fought in the Mexican War. After the war, trade flourished under the protection of the fort, which was near the trail of westward immigration to California. It also served as an outpost against hostile Apache. It was abandoned and reopened several times. In March 1860, it served as the base of operations against the border assaults arranged by Juan N. Cortina.[9] Rancher and gunfighter King Fisher lived in Eagle Pass until his ambush and murder in San Antonio in 1884.

Fort Duncan was held by the Confederacy during the American Civil War. On July 4, 1865, General Joseph O. Shelby, en route to offer his troops' service to Maximilian in Mexico, stopped at Fort Duncan and buried in the Rio Grande the last Confederate flag to have flown over his men.[6] After several decades of deactivation, Fort Duncan was activated as a training camp during World War I, as a post of the U.S. Army. The 3rd Infantry Regiment was assigned there and patrolled the Mexican border. In 1938, the City of Eagle Pass acquired the fort and still operates a museum and a children's library at the site.[9]


The City of Eagle Pass was sued by the US government in 2008 to gain access to the land and construct a fence on the United States–Mexico border.[10]

Maverick County corruption scandalEdit

An ongoing public corruption, bid-rigging, and kickback investigation by the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety has resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of all four Maverick County commissioners, one justice of the peace, and several local government employees and businessmen since October 2012, making it the largest public criminal probe in Eagle Pass and Maverick County history.[11] On February 20, 2015, a federal grand jury in Del Rio indicted a county commissioner and a former county justice of the peace in connection with an alleged bribery, kickback, and bid-rigging scheme, all related to the ongoing public corruption investigation.[12] On February 23, 2015, former Maverick County Commissioner Rodolfo Heredia was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to perform 1,200 hours of community service after completing his prison term. He was also ordered to pay a maximum of $56,003.88 in restitution to Maverick County.[13]

City of Eagle Pass gasoline card theft and fraudEdit

On August 8, 2012, a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court in Del Rio indicted five Eagle Pass residents, including a former Public Works Department employee, in connection with an estimated $70,000 credit-card fraud scheme. According to the indictment, during 2011, City of Eagle Pass employee Edgar Aguilar obtained five City of Eagle Pass-owned Fuelman credit cards designated for fuel purchases for Public Works department vehicles and distributed them to his accomplices to purchase fuel for their own vehicles and to purchase fuel for others at the city's expense. In some instances, defendants charged individuals a reduced rate for fuel purchased using the city's credit card and then pocketed the cash.[14] On November 29, 2012, Aguilar entered a guilty plea for the charges of theft and fraud, and on May 15, 2013, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $68,373.87 in restitution for his role in the fraudulent scheme.[15]

Former city manager charged with lying to the FBIEdit

On March 30, 2017, Hector Chavez Sr., the former Eagle Pass city manager, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI regarding a bribery scheme involving public contracts in Maverick County. Chavez, with the company Chace Management, was charged with receiving $20,000 from the owner of the engineering firm Hejl, Lee, and Associates to bribe a county commissioner to procure a $270,000 contract for the engineering firm. Chavez admitted to having given false information in 2015. Chavez was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison and three years' supervised release on August 21, 2017.[16][17]

Economic developmentEdit

The city and surrounding area are home to a variety of businesses in retail, import, food manufacturing, and freight forwarding/transportation. The Eagle Pass Industrial Park hosts a number of larger companies, including the O.F. Mossberg & Sons firearms manufacturing plant, which employs around 450 persons.


Eagle Pass has a hot, semiarid climate (Köppen: BSh), typical of South Texas. The average hottest month is August, and the highest recorded temperature was 115 °F (46.1 °C) in 1944. Typically, the coolest month is January, while the lowest recorded temperature was 10 °F (−12.2 °C) in 1962. Most precipitation occurs in the spring through fall with a drier winter. The highest monthly average precipitation occurs in September, with a secondary peak in May and June. Late July and August demonstrate a significant, secondary dry season, with very high temperatures and high sun exposure, resulting in high evaporation rates.

Climate data for Eagle Pass, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 96
Average high °F (°C) 65.0
Average low °F (°C) 42.0
Record low °F (°C) 10
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.90
Source: TWC[18]


Eagle Pass is located at 28°42′38″N 100°29′22″W / 28.71056°N 100.48944°W / 28.71056; -100.48944 (28.710622, −100.489331).[19]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 mi2 (19.2 km2), of which 0.04 mi2 (0.1 km2) (0.40%) is covered by water.

The area is served by U.S. Routes 57 and 277, and Farm-to-Market Road 481. Maverick County Memorial International Airport is a general-aviation field. The nearest commercial air service is 50 miles away, via the Del Rio International Airport in Del Rio, which is served by American Airlines.


As of the census[3] of 2006, 24,847 people, 6,925 households, and 5,588 families resided in the city. The population density was 3,030.3 people/sq mi (1,169.4/km²). The 7,613 housing units averaged 1,029.3/sq mi (397.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 42.73% 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 96.90% of the population.

Of the 6,925 households, 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 not families. About 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 3.22, and the average family size was 3.69.

In the city, the population was distributed as 32.7% under 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 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 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.

Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)29,684[2]13.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate[20]

Nearby cities/communitiesEdit




Federal representationEdit

The United States Postal Service operates a post office in located at 455 S Bibb Ave.

The United States Border Patrol has two stations in Eagle Pass. The Eagle Pass North Station is at 2285 Del Rio Blvd and the Eagle Pass South Station at 4156 El Indio Hwy.

Eagle Pass is the headquarters of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, a federally recognized tribe of Kickapoo people.[21]



Eagle Pass is served by the Eagle Pass Independent School District, which operates 15 elementary schools, two junior high schools, and two high schools, which compete in UIL academics and sports.

Private schoolsEdit

  • Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School
  • Redeemer Episcopal School
  • Word of Life Christian School

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Armando Cerna Elementary School
  • Benavides Heights Elementary School
  • Dena Kelso Graves Elementary School
  • Graves Elementary School
  • Henry B Gonzalez Elementary School
  • Liberty Elementary School
  • Nellie Mae Glass Elementary School
  • Perfecto Mancha Elementary School
  • Pete Gallego Elementary School
  • Ray H Darr Elementary School
  • Robert E Lee Elementary School
  • Rosita Valley Elementary School
  • Rosita Valley Literacy Academy
  • Sam Houston Elementary School
  • San Luis Elementary School
  • Seco Mines Elementary School
  • Kirchner Elementary School

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Eagle Pass Junior High School
  • Memorial Junior High School

High schoolsEdit

  • Eagle Pass High School
  • C.C. Winn High School

The community is served by branches of four-year Sul Ross University in Alpine, in the form of Rio Grande College, and Southwest Texas Junior College, a two-year community college based in Uvalde.

Notable peopleEdit

HVDC-back-to-back stationEdit

In 2000, as part of the power exchange between Texas and Mexico, a high-voltage direct current facility equipped with insulated-gate bipolar transistors was built. This facility, built for Central Power and Light (now AEP Texas) by the ABB Group, operates at a bipolar voltage of 15.9 kV, and has a maximum transfer rate of 36 megawatts. The power station enables AEP to purchase electricity from Mexico's Comisión Federal de Electricidad, when needed.[22]


On April 24, 2007, at 7:00 pm CST, a tornado tore through outside of Eagle Pass and caused loss of life and property damage. The community was paralyzed for more than a week.[23]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Texas Transportation Commission, Texas State Travel Guide, 2008, p. 232
  7. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 112.
  8. ^ Handbook of Texas Online
  9. ^ a b Texas Historical Commission, historical marker at Fort Duncan, Eagle Pass, Texas, 1970
  10. ^ Texas City Ordered to Turn Over Land to Feds for Border Fence Construction, January 16, 2008
  11. ^ Buch, Jason (Dec 9, 2012). "Corruption costly for Maverick residents". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Buch, Jason (Feb 20, 2015). "More Maverick County officials arrested by FBI in bribery investigation". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Former Maverick County Commissioner, Former County Employee, and Three Contractors Sentenced to Federal Prison in Connection with a Bribery, Kickback, and Bid-Rigging Scheme — FBI". www.fbi.gov. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "Federal Grand Jury Indicts Five in Connection with Credit Card Fraud Scheme Involving the City of Eagle Pass". FBI. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Former Eagle Pass Department of Public Works Employee Sentenced for Role in City Credit Card Fraud Scheme". FBI. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Guillermo Contreras, "Ex-Eagle Pass manager faces up to 5 years for lying to FBI," San Antonio Express-News, April 1, 2017, p. 6.
  17. ^ "Former Eagle Pass City Manager Hector Chavez, Sr. Sentenced to Federal Prison for Lying to FBI in Connection with Investigation into "Pay-To-Play" Bribery Scheme Involving Maverick County Contracts - Eagle Pass Business Journal". www.epbusinessjournal.com. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "Weather.com – Online Weather Data". The Weather Channel. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  19. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  20. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  21. ^ "Tribal Directory." National Congress of American Indians. Retrieved 12 Sept 2013.
  22. ^ "References | ABB". new.abb.com. Retrieved Aug 15, 2019.
  23. ^ "Tornado Kills 7 Near Eagle Pass On Mexican Border". CBS 11 TV. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2009-03-21.

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