Introduction to Pharr, Texas
Pharr, Texas, in Hidalgo county, is 2 miles E of McAllen, Texas (center to center) and 121 miles SW of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is included in the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 46,660 people lived in Pharr.
Pharr was originally part of the Spanish land grant of 1767 which was given to Juan Jo’s Hinojosa. Henry N. Pharr and John Connally Kelley purchased the land in 1909. Henry Pharr was also founder of the Louisiana and Rio Grande Canal Company. He built an irrigation system in the area in order to establish a sugar plantation. Later on, the city was named after Henry N. Pharr. The St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway first entered the city around 1911. The city of Pharr was formally incorporated in 1916. The Phar-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District was established in 1919.
Pharr and nearby Attractions
- Anzalduas State Park
- Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
- Old Clock Museum
- Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
- Gladys Porter Zoo
Things To Do In Pharr
During your stay in Pharr, you can visit Victor Garcia Municipal Park, Memorial Park, Universal Estates Park, Trinity Ridge Park, Witten Park, and Jones Box Park. At Williams Wildscapes you can enjoy bird-watching and you may spot the Black-headed Nightingale Thrush, Slate-throated Red Star, and Blue Mockingbird. It has also preserved a number of native habitats. Golf lovers can enjoy the facilities offered by Palm View Golf Course and Martin's Valley Ranch Golf Course.
McAllen Miller International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.
Pharr Higher Education
Southern Careers Institute-South Texas is located within the city. South Texas Community College and The University of Texas-Pan American are also nearby.