As an homage to QF, who likes her Old Skool pics, here is an old photo of the train station near downtown Laredo awaiting the arrival of the Missouri-Pacific rail line at the turn of the 20th century.
Many, many years later–before lawsuits became part of the public school vernacular–LISD would take elementary school kids on field trip train rides to Encinal and back. For 6-7 year olds, it was a fascinating trip through the South Texas desert, much of it barren save for the few trucks and cars driving up and down I-35 back in those days (pre-NAFTA and pre-100,000 people living in Laredo).
Of course that practice has been shelved. Now it takes 20 parental permission forms just to go to the Shirley Field complex from Leyendecker Elementary. But, those were different times of course.
The Union Pacific is now there as you can see from a different angle shot taken more recently.