Add RGVinformation

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is what Texans call "the Valley". The area of about 43,000 square miles has undergo a great development in a period of thirty years. This is development is due to the introduction of irrigation on a large scale in 1898 and the building of railroad in 1904. Before that, the Valley was considered as a desert range land. It was 1750 when the Spanish first occupied this area. The first American settlement in the area was Brownsville (1846), when the first  battles of the US - Mexican War were fought. In 1864, Brownsville is a town of about 3,000 inhabitants, with wooden houses and long and broad streets. And the vicinity city of Matamoros, crossing the river, in the Mexican side,  is not much better, only having 9,000 people. Many Mexican American in the Valley can trace their ancestor back to 1750, that's why many Hispanic like to say "we didn't jump the border, the border jumped us. Many Anglos came to the region in the late 19th and 20th centuries.  It was in the mid 1950s that the area started to look mid urban mid rural. Since the 1980s the Rio Grande Valley has grow exponentially. Agriculture is still important in the economic of the region, together with trade with Mexico. Tourism is also very important. Today, the RGV area has a population of more than 1.5 million. Nevertheless, the population of the area double in winter due to the arrival of the Winter Texans.

Places of historical interest are: La Lomita, Fort Brown, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, Resaca de la Palma, Los Ebanos Ferry, USMC War Memorial, Browsville Raid, the First Lift Station, between other.

One of my favorite is The Lift Station in Mission, Texas that use to be a provision of water for irrigating the crops of the early Rio Grande Valley. Another historical favorite for many is the Museum of South Texas Historic. Converted into a Museum in 1970 this old court house presented the borderland heritage of this region, through collections, archives and exhibits.