Nuevo Progreso Revisited
It has been several years since Carol and I last ventured across the Rio Grande River to participate in the tourist activities Nuevo Progreso offers. The rising influence and control of the drug cartels has prevented many people from going to Nuevo Progreso for safety reasons until the last year or so. Even though the cartel still has a presence, during the winter months, Winter Texans flock to this little Mexican border town of approximately 10,000 to purchase prescription drugs, liquor, have dental work done and enjoy the food and shopping.
While visiting the Texas Valley area recently, we decided to take the walk across the International Bridge and spend a few hours in Progreso as the natives call it. So with passports and camera, we struck out. We paid our 25 cents to get through the turnstile and proceeded. As we crossed the International Boundary things immediately changed. There were the beggars below the bridge, crowded streets, and vendors hawking food, trinkets, clothing, and dental services. Drug stores, bars and restaurants were in abundance. Arturo’s Restaurant is still there serving their famous fried frog legs -Umm GOOD. Upon the advice of others, we headed back across to the U.S. around mid-afternoon. It cost 30 cents this time and the wait to pass through U.S. Customs took about 20 minutes. Passports were checked! Yes, it’s basically still the same. I hope these photographs give an idea of life in Nuevo Progreso.