PROGRESO / NUEVO PROGRESO   




PROGRESO / NUEVO PROGRESO


The border crossing in Progreso, Texas is rural and undeveloped on the U.S. side, while Nuevo Progreso on the Mexico side is a beautiful little town that was once a popular destination for tourists who traveled there to buy pharmaceuticals, eyeglasses, food, and gifts.

Due to fears of border violence, the streets were mostly empty when we visited.

Despite a heavy Mexican military presence including tanks and machine guns trained on the crossing, even the "Winter Texans" - people from other U.S. states who once chose to spend the winter in close proximity to Mexico and its bargains - have stopped going.

Even so, the president of the Nuevo Progreso Chamber of Commerce claims that the area continues to be peaceful.