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Presidio County, Texas

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The county was created in 1850 and later organized in 1875. Presidio County (K-5 in Texas topological index of counties) is in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas and is named for the border settlement of Presidio del Norte. It is on the Rio Grande, which forms the Mexican border.

The Howard Hawks film Rio Bravo, released 1959, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson, was set in Presidio County, but filmed in Tucson.

The Riata house and exteriors for Giant, released 1956, were filmed at Marfa. The big stars, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, and others stayed at the Hotel Paisano for two months.

High Lonesome, released in 1950, starring Chill Wills and John Drew Barrymore, was filmed in Antelope Springs, near Marfa.

The county was mentioned in Hunter during part one of "City Under Siege" in the 1988–89 season.

In The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada , the mountains of Presidio County stand as Coahuila, where Pete carries friend Mel to be buried among the ruins of his Mexican town of Jimenez.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at the historic Cibolo Creek Ranch near Shafter, Texas in 2016.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Adobes
  • Aragon
  • Brite
  • Candelaria
  • Casa Piedra
  • Chinati
  • Fort Holland
  • Lindsey City
  • Marfa (County Seat)
  • Nopal
  • Paisano
  • Pilares
  • Plata
  • Porvenir
  • Presidio
  • Quebec
  • Redford
  • Ruidosa
  • Ryan
  • Shafter
  • Tinaja



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places