Introduction to La Feria, Texas
La Feria, Texas, in Cameron county, is 8 miles W of Harlingen, Texas (center to center) and 116 miles S of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is included in the Brownsville - Harlingen - San Benito metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 6,115 people lived in La Feria.
La Feria History
The family of Rosa María Hinojosa de Ballí, who were the first to settle in the region, had received land from the Spanish government in 1777 as the La Feria land grant. The site was used as a center of ranching operations and controlled by this family until the middle of the 17th century. The town was developed by G. J. Schoenberg in 1909 and got its own post office the same year. The railway depot of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway, that was located a mile away, was dragged to the site of La Feria in 1912. In 1933, the city was officially incorporated. It has since expanded as a tourist location and agribusiness center.
La Feria and Nearby Attractions
- Bicultural Museum
- Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
- Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site
- Gladys Porter Zoo
- International Museum of Art & Science
Things To Do In La Feria
Exhibits related to the history of Weslaco and Rio Grande Valley are displayed at the nearby Bicultural Museum. Specimens of Latin American folk art and fine art are exhibited at the International Museum of Art & Science. Port Isabel Lighthouse, which was built in 1852, is easily accessible from the city. The lighthouse was put out in 1905 and was restored again in 2000. Activities like camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing may be enjoyed at the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, which is situated on the Rio Grande River.
La Feria Transportation
Valley International Airport is the nearest major airport.
La Feria Higher Education
South Texas Community College, Texas Southmost College, and University of Texas - Pan American are situated close to La Feria.