A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 25, 2011
Laredoan (inhabitant of Laredo)

"Laredoan” is the name of an inhabitant of Laredo, Texas. The name “Laredoan” has been cited in print since at least 1878.


Wikipedia: Laredo, Texas
Laredo (pronounced /ləˈreɪdoʊ/ lə-ray-doh; Spanish: [laˈɾeðo]) is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 236,091 making it the 3rd most populated on the United States-Mexican border, after San Diego, California and El Paso, Texas. Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area with an estimate population of 636,516. Laredo’s economy is based on international trade with Mexico. Most major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo. Laredo’s location along the southern end of I-35 close to the manufacturers in North Mexico promotes its vital role in trade between the United States and Mexico.

Laredo has the distinction of flying seven flags (the Flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande in addition to the Six Flags of Texas). Founded in 1755, Laredo grew from a villa to the capital of the brief Republic of the Rio Grande to the largest inland port on the United States-Mexican Border. Today, it has four international bridges and one railway bridge. Laredo’s weather is semi-arid during the summer and mild during the winter.

Laredo International Airport is within the Laredo city limits, while the Quetzalcoatl International Airport is nearby in Nuevo Laredo in Mexico. The city has two professional sports teams: the Bucks and Heat. Texas A&M International University and Laredo Community College call Laredo home. The biggest festival, Washington’s Birthday Celebration is held during February all month long, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists. The Jalapeño Festival, Stockmen’s Ball, Princess Pocahontas Pageant, Mr. South Texas Luncheon, an air show, and two major parades are all held in conjunction with the Washington birthday events.
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Demonym Laredoan

21 March 1878, Richwood (OH) Gazette, “Old Laredo,” pg. 1, col. 2:
The Laredoans live in the usual style of Mexicans, and subsist upon the everlasting tortilla, smoked beef and pepper, the last mentioned being an indispensable article for the table of every Mexican, from Diaz down to the lowest peon that works the coffee plantations of the Valley of Orizaba.

The Portal to Texas History
26 September 1879, Brenham (TX) Weekly Banner, pg. 1, col. 2:
THE Sunday law is enforced in Laredo, but at New Laredo, in the “land of God and liberty” across the river the Laredoans slake their thirst.

15 October 1895, Santa Fe (NM) Daily New Mexican, pg. 1, col. 2:
LAREDO WORKS A BLUFF.
Fearing Juarez Will Get the Big
Fight Laredoans Eagerly Quote
President Diaz.


14 February 1929, Laredo (TX) Times, pg. 4, col. 3:
RIO REVUELTO
PRAISED BY
LAREDOAN

New York (NY) Times
Movie Review | ‘Laredoans Speak: Voices on Immigration’
Living Along a Contentious Border

By ANDY WEBSTER
Published: November 17, 2011
Opens on Friday in Manhattan.
Directed by Victor A. Martinez and Ryan L. Schafer
1 hour 16 minutes; not rated

A rich opportunity is squandered with “Laredoans Speak,” a documentary of laudable aspirations suffering from its pronounced sympathies. There is a great, balanced report waiting to be assembled that gathers opinions in an American border city with Mexico and presents a range of political perspectives. Such a cross-section is not seen in this film, an unabashed appeal for immigration policy reform. 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, December 25, 2011 • Permalink