McAllen Texas: Popular Vacation Spot

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McAllen Texas

McAllen Texas is located at the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley and is part of the Southern United States. It is on the Rio Grande, across from the Mexican city of Reynosa, and is about 70 miles  west of South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico. It is  popular vacation spot and one of the places to visit in South Texas.

In 1904 the Hidalgo and San Miguel Extension (now the Sam Fordyce Branch) of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway reached the Santa Anita Ranch. John McAllen and his son James donated land to the railroad to guarantee it would cross the area. On December 5, 1904, the McAllen Townsite Company was formed by Uriah Lott, Leonidas C. Hill, Sr., John McAllen, James Ballí McAllen, and John J. Young. The new community, which was named for John McAllen, had the depot nearest the county seat, Hidalgo, eight miles to the south.

By 1911, 5,000 acres was under cultivation in East McAllen with produce consisting of cotton, alfalfa, broom corn, citrus fruits, grapes, and figs. East McAllen had an estimated population of 1,000 that year, and West McAllen had ceased to exist. In 1911 the town applied for and was issued a charter of incorporation under the name McAllen. In 1916, 20,000 New York state troops were stationed at McAllen to help quell border disturbances. The resulting economic boom increased the population from 1,200 in 1916, to 6,000 in 1920.

McAllen adopted a home rule charter in 1927. Canning factories, a winery, tortilla plants, wood-working plants, and some oil exploration increased the population to 9,074 by 1930. In 1936 Hiram Garner opened the Valley Distillery, Incorporated, which produced wines from citrus juices. The town was a petroleum and farm chemurgic center with a population of 11,877 in 1940, by which time it had adopted the nickname the City of Palms. In 1941, a suspension bridge replaced the old bridge to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Tamaulipas; the new toll bridge was purchased by the city and was named the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. Its construction resulted in increased tourist trade, making McAllen a winter resort and port of entry to Mexico. The discovery of oil in the Reynosa area in 1947 resulted in a large migration of people from the Mexican interior, constituting a new tourist market and cheap labor supply for McAllen.

Places to Visit in McAllen Texas:

McAllen is one of the cities located in the rio Grande Valley along Highway 83 that caters to thousands of winter Texans each year who flock to the area for warmth and sunshine.

Arts & Entertainment Districts…Located downtown along 17th street this area of the city features renovated historic buildings which have become restaurants nightclubs, and art galleries.    It is home to the popular First Friday Artwalk held monthly.

International Museum of Art & Science… This museum features work class art exhibits.  There is a childrens’  Discovery pavilion, rioscape, Art Studio and Science Lab.  Science on a Sphere shows spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope.   Located at 1900 Nolana Ave.

MCA2 Creative Incubator.  This former library features performances and exhibitions by local artists and one can view the artists working in studios.  Located at 601 N. Main St.

McAllen Texas

Quinta Mazatlan

Quinta Mazatlan…This 1930’s country estate in the heart of McAllen is a World Class Birding Center site.  This historic Spanish Revival adobe hacienda is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping an native woodlands. Trails wander through more than 15 acres of bird habitat. Located at 600 Sunset Ave.

Veteran’s War Memorial.  This memorial is located near the convention center and honors the men and women who served their country in battles dating back to the Revolutionary War.  Located at Galveston Avenue and South 29th Street.

Where to Eat in McAllen Texas:

Schneider’s Herman Gasthaus and Beergarden…Located at 5507 N. Ware Rd.

Salt New American Table…Located at 201 N. Main.

Lone Star Bar-B-Q…Located 3619 N. 10th.

When visiting McAllen nearby places to visit include Mission and Pharr.

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