Introduction to Edinburg, Texas
Edinburg, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 8 miles NE of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 113 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is part of the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 48,465 people live in Edinburg.
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. The town was later declared Hidalgo County’s county seat. It was officially incorporated in 1919.
Edinburg and nearby Attractions
- Museum of South Texas History
- Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
- International Museum of Art & Science
- Bicultural Museum
- Monte Cristo Golf and Country Club
- Ebony Golf Course
Things To Do In Edinburg
One should visit the Museum of South Texas History which occupies an entire city block and features numerous exhibits related to the history of Rio Grande Valley and South Texas. The Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, situated along the Rio Grande River, has facilities for fishing, boating, picnicking, camping, and hiking.
Edinburg International Airport is nearby.
Edinburg Higher Education
The University of Texas-Pan American is the local higher education institution, and South Texas Community College is only a few miles away.