Founded in 1765, part of Jose de Escandon's Colony, around
a mission established 16 years earlier. On the banks of the Rio Grande, the town was
an important riverboat shipping plant until the coming of railroads and highways.
(The Rio Grande is no longer navigable.) Homes, stores, and ancient missions
resemble a town lifted bodily from the interior of Mexico. Producers of the film
"Viva Zapata" chose Roma for the outdoor scenes.
Falcon State Recreation Park-
572.6 acres on shores of Falcon Reservoir offer cabins, boat docks,
camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, trailer sites with electricity, rest rooms with
showers, groceries, snack bar, and 3,500 foot airstrip. About 14 miles northwest via
U.S. 83 F.M. 2098, Park Road 46; also accessible from Zapata. Admission.
Roma Historical Museum-
Changing exhibits trace influence of American, Spanish and Mexican
cultures. Historic arts and crafts. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.