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La Borde House (Starr County)

La Borde House (Starr County)

French immigrant and Rio Grande City merchant Francois La Borde built this 1897 two-story brick structure as a residence and store.  La Borde House was on the banks of the Rio Grande during the days of the great steamboats.
In 1917, the building was converted into the Ringgold Hotel.  The hotel was active for 60 years but by the 1970s it had fallen into disrepair.  In 1980 a San Antonio businessman undertook a massive $1 million restoration.

Today guests enjoy the bougainvillea-covered courtyard of the beautifully restored 7 room hotel furnished in turn of the century décor.  The hotel and restaurant combines European, Creole and Texas-border styles with shady verandahs,  courtyard and patio.  Lady Bird Johnson stayed here on a visit to see the area’s spring wildflowers.

It is rumored to be haunted by La Borde’s daughter who is said to have committed suicide off one of the hotel’s balconies.  Some of the reported spirit sightings include slamming doors, a chill in the hallway, the horrifying glimpse of a floating cadaver and flickering lights.
The La Borde House is located at:
601 E. Main Street, Rio Grande City TX 78582 (Starr County)
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