National Geographic : 1939 Jan
Photograph byFairchild Aerial Surveys BROWNSVILLE IS EVER ON GUARD AGAINST ITS "OLD MAN RIVER/" WHICH NUDGES AWET ELBOW INTO ITS RIBS Like New Orleans, Brownsville lives behind levees. Evidence of past wanderings of the Rio Grande is the bend(right), long agocutoffbyaflood from themain stream. For nearly a century it has served as a lake for Fort Brown, Uncle Sam's southernmost mainland army post,surrounding aparade ground. The peninsula in the immediate foreground is a bit of Mexico. Leading from it to the United States is one of two international bridges here.