Authorities rebuild, looking to restore San Fernando's image

The bodies of 72 immigrants were found in this ranch outside San Fernando back in August 2010

Authorities are beating swords into plowshares south of the border in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.

Located about 90 miles south of the Rio Grande Valley, the town of 57,000 people became synonymous with Mexico's bloody drug war.

The city used to be known for ranching, sorghum farming and trophy hunting but has endured more than two years of gun battles, kidnappings and mass graves.

Hundreds of bus passengers were kidnapped and murdered in San Fernando.

Mexico's El Universal newspaper recently reported that several large businesses and 4,000 people left the city as a result of the violence.

But the Tamaulipas state government is looking to reverse the tide.

Gov. Edigio Torre-Cantu reported joining forces with the Mexican Army to launch a series of public works and assistance programs.

Soldiers were seen working on several construction and restoration projects throughout the city on Monday.

Others provided medical and dental assistance to the area residents.

State officials provided food and other items to residents.

San Fernando Mayor Tomas Gloria Requena said he was grateful for the support from Tamaulipas and state officials.

Mexican Army Gen. Victor Hugo Aguirre Serna said it was an important job for soldiers.

The American Consulate in Mat amoros is maintaing its alerts for traveling by car or bus through San Fernando area.

Tamaulipas y Sedena devuelven confianza a San Fernando