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Eagle Pass, Texas is located in Maverick County, Texas, serves as both a city and the county seat.

As of the 2020 census, its population stood at 28,130 residents. Positioned adjacent to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, Eagle Pass shares its southwestern border with the neighboring city, separated by the Rio Grande. The Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras metropolitan area (EP-PN) is recognized as one of six binational metropolitan areas spanning the United States-Mexican border. According to the 2020 Census, the Eagle Pass Micropolitan Area was home to 57,887 individuals, while the Piedras Negras Metropolitan Area boasted a population of 209,456 inhabitants.

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Eagle Pass History

Eagle Pass, initially established as Camp Eagle Pass, holds the distinction of being the first American settlement along the Rio Grande. Its origins trace back to the Mexican–American War era when it functioned as a temporary outpost for the Texas militia tasked with halting illicit trade with Mexico. The city derived its name from the resemblance of the surrounding hills to the outstretched wings of an eagle.

In the 1840s, General William Leslie Cazneau founded the townsite of Eagle Pass. Subsequently, in 1850, Rick Pawless inaugurated a trading post under the same name. By 1871, Eagle Pass earned the designation of the county seat when Maverick County was established. Throughout the late 19th century, the community witnessed the establishment of schools, churches, the expansion of mercantile and ranching activities, and the construction of a railway network.

Eagle Pass faced significant challenges, including natural disasters and legal disputes. In April 2007, a devastating tornado struck outside the city limits, causing loss of life and substantial property damage. Legal battles also ensued, with the US government suing the city in 2008 to secure land access for border fence construction. Additionally, Eagle Pass grappled with a widespread corruption investigation, resulting in the indictment and imprisonment of numerous local officials and businessmen since October 2012.

Recent events have further heightened tensions in the region. On January 11, 2024, Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency declaration led to the closure of Shelby Park as part of Operation Lone Star. Subsequently, the Texas National Guard and Texas Rangers took control of the park, sparking the ongoing Standoff at Eagle Pass, which involves blocking United States Border Patrol from patrolling the area along the Rio Grande, marking the boundary between the United States and Mexico.

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