Introduction to Donna, Texas
Donna, Texas is 11 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 119 miles S ofCorpus Christi, Texas. It is in Hidalgo county. The city is part of the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metro area. The population of Donna is 14,768.
This region originally formed a part of the La Blanca Land Grant that was given to Lino Cabazos in May, 1834. John F. Webber was the first Anglo-American settler who moved to this area in 1839 to escape being persecuted for his marriage to a former slave, Sylvia Hector. Thomas Jefferson Hooks established the LaBlanca Agricultural Company in 1902 and purchased 23,000 acres in Hidalgo County. He gave a part of this area to his daughter, Donna Hooks Fletcher. A town was established in 1904 when the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway arrived in this area. In 1907, a depot station was set up and the town was named Donna.
Donna and nearby Attractions
- Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum
- International Museum of Art & Science
- Bicultural Museum
- Alamo Country Club
Things To Do In Donna
The Rio Grande Valley, which surrounds Donna, is a highly favored tourist destination. Popular locations within the Rio Grande Valley include Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Port Isabel Lighthouse, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, a 2,088-acre refuge. It is counted among the best birding areas in the country with 397 species of birds having been documented within the park.
Air transportation facilities are available at MC Allen Miller International Airport.
Donna Higher Education
The University of Texas, South Texas Community College, and Texas State Technical College provide facilities for higher education.