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Owner of Zapata ranch refuses to sign right of entry request


March 29, 2020

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — In 1972 Juan Vargas was hired to work with a researcher named Fred, who had been contracted to create a historic site survey and plan for the entire South Texas region.

"But Fred, one, didn't know Spanish, two, didn't have a car, and three, didn't know South Texas," Vargas recalled. So Vargas drove the researcher around, acted as his interpreter and took photos of the sites they visited up and down the Rio Grande.

The South Texas Development Council had been awarded a historic preservation grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The country was...

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