Introduction to Hidalgo, Texas
Hidalgo, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 6 miles S of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 128 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is in the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan area, and has a population of 7,322.
Spanish-colonizer Jose de Escandon was the first settler to arrive in 1749. For the next 150 years, the primary occupation of people in the region was cattle grazing. During this time, the area was referred to as "La Habitación", "Rancho San Luis", or "San Luisito". John Young, a Scottish-born merchant, established the town site in 1848 and named it "Edinburg" after his hometown of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1876, the name was changed to "Hidalgo" in honor of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the Mexican patriot. Hidalgo was incorporated the same year and was the only town in Hidalgo County until 1905, and served as the county seat till 1908. An irrigation pumphouse was established in 1910, and railroads arrived about three years later.
Hidalgo and Nearby Attractions
- International Museum of Art & Science
- Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
- Padre Island National Seashore
- Gladys Porter Zoo
- Bicultural Museum
Things To Do In Hidalgo
Hidalgo hosts Borderfest which provides entertainment throughout the year with concerts, carnivals, pageants, and performances. The Festival of Lights, which is South Texas' largest display of Christmas Lights, is organized by the residents during December. The International Museum of Art & Science houses exhibits pertaining to Latin American folk art and fine art. Activities like hiking, picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing can be enjoyed at the nearby Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park. The 133,000-acre Padre Island National Seashore offers opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and swimming. The city also includes the Pumphouse Museum which is a part of the World Birding Center. The museum features boilers and other machinery, while the surrounding area has a 5-mile bike trail and is home to different species of birds and butterflies.
The nearest major airport is McAllen Miller International Airport.
Hidalgo Higher Education
University of Texas - Pan American, South Texas Community College, and Texas State Technical College - Harlingen are close to Hidalgo.