Piedras Negras, Coahuila: Mission Trip

We’re planning a mission trip for July 27th through August 3rd 2009. We are going to Piedras Negras Mexico. We are in the initial planning stages. It looks like plane tickets will cost around $330.00 Round Trip.

There will be other cost involved, approximately $700.00 total.

If you are interested in going let me know ASAP.

All people going on the trip will be required to help in fund raising events to raise the needed funds for everyone going on the trip. This way the total out of pocket expenses will be minimal.  

Passports are REQUIRED


Piedras Negras is a city and seat of the surrounding municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Coahuila. It stands at the northeastern edge of Coahuila on the U.S.-Mexico border, across the Río Bravo (Rio Grande) from Eagle Pass in the U.S. state of Texas. In the 2005 census the city Piedras Negras had a population of 142,011 people, which accounted for 98.6 percent of its municipality’s total population of 143,915. The municipality’s area is relatively small, but does include some outlying minor localities not located inside the city limits. The Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras area is connected by the Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Camino Real International Bridge, and the Eagle Pass Union Pacific International Railroad Bridge.

  • It is locally known, and proven, that Piedras Negras is the birthplace of the nacho.
  • The city was founded in 1849. It was renamed Ciudad Porfirio Díaz in 1888, in homage to President Porfirio Díaz, but reverted to its original name following the Mexican Revolution.

    In Spanish Piedras Negrastranslates to “black rocks” – a reference to the coal deposits that exist in the area. Across the river, coal was formerly mined on the US side at Dolchburg, near Eagle Pass. This mine closed around 1905, after a fire. Mexico currently operates two large coal-fired power plants named “José López Portillo” and “Carbón 2” located 30 miles (48 km) south of Piedras Negras.

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