Fun Things to Do in Edinburg

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fun things to do in Edinburg

Historic Hildalgo County Courthouse

Edinburg is a city in and the county seat of Hidalgo County, Texas and is a place to visit when in South Texas.

In 1908, John Closner, William Briggs, Argyle McAllen, Plutarco de la Viña and Dennis B. Chapin developed a new community (the town square of which is now located at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 281 and State Highway 107). The town was named Chapin in honor of one of the developers. It is a local myth that Edinburg became the county seat of Hidalgo County in a dramatic, nighttime covert operation in which the county records were removed from the previous county seat. However, historical records show more practical reasons. The original Hidalgo County Courthouse in the City of Hidalgo was under frequent danger of flooding because of the town’s proximity to the Rio Grande, which sometimes encroached on the building. Additionally, Texas law required that the courthouse be close to the geographic center of the county. When Dennis Chapin was involved in the shooting death of Oscar J. Rountree at the Dan Breen Saloon in San Antonio, Texas, the community changed its name to Edinburg to honor John Young, a prominent businessman who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The town was officially named in 1911 and incorporated in 1919.

Fun Things to Do in Edinburg

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center… This center features scenic trails and a birding park located in a wetlands.  The site offers includes bird observation platforms. It is part of the Lower Coastal Birding Trail.  Located at 714 Raul Longoria Road.

fun things to do in Edinburg

Museum of South of Texas History

Museum of South Texas History…This museum features exhibits including a sea dinosaur, a 14 foot skeleton of an Ice Age mammoth and depictions of the Coahuiltecan people, Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, the Civil War the steamboat era and more. Admission Charge. Located at 200 N. Closer Blvd.

Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo… Rodeo cowboys demonstrate calf roping, bull riding and quarter horse racing.  Located two miles south of Edinburg via US 281 half mile west on Wisconsin Road. Admission Charge.

Southern Pacific Railroad Depot…Tour  this 1927 historic depot and view exhibits featuring Southern Pacific memorabilia such as a conductor’s cap, playing cards and lanterns, as well as the original “golden spike” driven on Jan. 1, 1927.  Located at 602 W. University.  Free.

Tejano Walk of Fame… The Tejano Walk of Fame attracts hundreds of visitors who come to see Edinburg’s tribute to Tejano music stars.  The centerpiece of the walkway is a Richard Hyslin sculpture, which honors Edinburg native Jose Roberto Pulido, a pioneer in Tejano  music.  Located at 415 W. McIntyre St.

UTPA Art Galleries…These art galleries feature changing exhibits by contemporary artists from the  U.S. and Mexico, as well as student shows.  Located at 1201 W. University.

When visiting the fun things in Edinburg nearby places to visit include Pharr, McAllen and San Juan.

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