Today, our travels take you to Edinburg. Edinburg is at the tip of Texas near the Rio Grande River and west of Brownsville. It is also the county seat of Hidalgo County.
It is located on U.S.Highway 281 and State Highway 107 in the south central part of the county. It is part of the McAllen, Pharr, Edinburg metropolitan area.
In 1908, William Briggs, John Closner, Plutarco de la Viña, Dennis B. Chapin, and Argyle McAllen founded a new community which they named Chapin. However, after Dennis Chapin was implicated in a murder, the name of the community was changed to Edinburg. The named was also chosen to honor a famous local businessman who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.. It was officially incorporated in 1919.
Interesting Facts about Edinburg
- Originally named Chapin, it was changed to Edinburg after Chapin was involved with a murder
- It is the seventh largest county in Texas
- It is the home to the University of Texas-Pan American, the state’s tenth largest public university.
- It is centrally located within one of the largest trade corridors in the world,
- It is the gateway to U.S. 281, which is being transformed into Interstate 69 or the NAFTA Highway.
- The city has been named the “gateway city” to the Rio Grande valley.
Interesting Places to Visit in Edinburg
Former City Hall- The major historical landmark of Edinburg is its former city hall, erected in 1909 and located near the northwest corner of Hidalgo Plaza in front of the county courthouse. The plaza has a bust of the Mexican independence leader Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, after whom the county is named. The building, originally the county jail, has a trap door for hanging that has been used only once. Later the building became a city hall, and in 2005 it housed the county historical museum.
Museum of South Texas History- The Museum occupies an entire city block and features numerous exhibits related to the history of Rio Grande Valley and South Texas.
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park-Bentsen has been known for the wide variety of birds and insects it attracts. Wildlife watchers from around the country flock to Bentsen every year to see some of the tropical birds, butterflies and dragonflies that inhabit the Rio Grande Valley.
International Museum of Art & Science-exhibiting Latin American art, as well as educating visitors about science.
Bicultural Museum-Visit our historical exhibits and take a look into our area’s history including the earliest Native American cultures, the arrival of the Spanish, the Tejano culture, Revolutions and Wars, the founding of our city, and the local culture.
Hope you enjoyed the visit to the Gateway to the Valley!
Stop by tomorrow to Learn about Florence, Texas!!