Las Rusias

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Las Rusias (or Rucias) is a colonia at the junction of U.S. Highway 281 and Farm Road 1479, nine miles southwest of Harlingen and one mile north of the Rio Grande in southwest Cameron County. It is on the site of the battle between United States and Mexican forces that started the Mexican War, a fact recounted by a marker at the site. On June 25, 1864, a skirmish was fought there between Confederate and Union forces. The community was first recognized as a colonia during the 1970s, when it had fifty-two dwellings and a church. By 1976 it had an estimated population of 341 and sixty-three dwellings. In 1992 the colonia had scattered dwellings. Rucias is Spanish for "silver grey" and is generally used to describe horses.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Belongs to

Las Rusias is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists

No

Place type

Las Rusias is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [-Rucias]

Location

Latitude: 26.05396660
Longitude: -97.75749390

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

No