On a lonely stretch of FM 624 southeast of Cotulla, the Nueces River doesn’t merit a sign. It doesn’t even merit a dry bed. One of the state’s major rivers — once the disputed border between Texas and Mexico — is completely invisible here.
It takes a lot of imagination to visualize this low stretch of thorn brush country filling up with any amount of water. It, however, must. GPS markings and satellite imagery don’t lie. The Nueces passes through here — at some time or another.
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Michael Barnes and Joe Starr have resolved to trace 50 Texas rivers — mostly by car and on foot — from their sources to their mouths