I'd been to Algodones, near Yuma, AZ, many times, so I was curious how Progreso, across the Rio Grande River from the southern tip of Texas, differed. As with Algodones, you walk across the border, this time across a 25-cent toll bridge.
Halfway across is the official border.
This town is full of pharmacies, dentists, and optical places, just like Algodones, but seems to have a better variety of goods for sale. There were also several vet pharmacies, something I wish Algodones would have.
The real difference here is the Mexican military presence. Why here? And why at the exit from Mexico? Are they afraid someone will blast their way out? Lots of Uzi-toting soldiers in bullet-proof vests, behind barricades.
And even a tank! I just don't get it.