Introduction to Mission, Texas
Mission, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 6 miles W of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 123 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas. The people of the city are in the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan area. Mission has a population of 45,408.
The area now known as Mission was originally inhabited by the Coahuiltecans Indians. Over 200 years ago, it was settled in by the Spanish. However, development began only in the early 1900s. A railway station was established in the city by the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1908. The city was also founded that year and named after the La Lomita Mission. Citrus was first planted in this part of the Rio Grande Valley and has led to a multi-million dollar business today.
Mission and nearby Attractions
- Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
- Shary Estate
- Mission Nature Park
- Anzalduas Park
- City of Mission Museum
- International Museum of Art & Science
Things To Do In Mission
The city of Mission is home to Mission Nature Park and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Some of the local parks are Astroland Park, Lopez Park, Nelle Tolle Park, Rotary Park, and McKinney Park. The city also has two pools, the Mayberry and Northside Pools. The Shary Municipal Golf Course, one of the top 25 Municipal Golf Courses of Texas, offers a 27-hole golf course. The Santa Ana National Wilflife Refuge is also nearby.
McAllen Miller International Airport is close by.
Mission Higher Education
South Texas Community College and The University of Texas-Pan American are the nearby institutes of higher education.