Postcard created by Latifah Kufassh highlighting local scenery and birds.

Roma, Texas, has had a rich and diverse history spanning centuries. Its story intertwines with the narratives of indigenous peoples, Spanish colonizers, Mexican settlers, and American opportunists.

Various indigenous groups, including the Coahuiltecan and various other Indigenous peoples, originally inhabited the area that is now Roma. These tribes lived off the land, hunting, fishing, and cultivating crops.

Later, the region became one of the Rio Grande’s pivotal port towns; Henrich “Enrique” Portscheller, a German-born architect, is known for his contributions to the architectural landscape of Roma’s historic district.

Heinrich Portscheller (bottom row, center) standing with unidentified man and construction workers. UTRGV Digital Exhibits.
Enrique Portscheller embellished his brick buildings in the Lower Rio Grande Valley with elegant wrought iron balconies on their second floors. Photo by Aime Mira

Known for its scenic bluffs overlooking the Rio Grande River and Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Mexico. Roma is home to countless stories, folklore, and people; discover their stories by taking our interactive Roma Tour below.

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