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EDINBURG, TEXAS

Hidalgo County Seat, South Texas

26° 18' 15" N, 98° 9' 50" W (26.304167, -98.163889)
US 281 and Hwy 107
8 miles N of McAllen
31 miles W of Harlingen
Population: 83,970 (2017) 77,100 (2010) 48,465 (2000) 29,885(1990)

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Edinburg Texas' haunted depot
The Southern Pacific Station
Photo courtesy Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
History in a Pecan Shell

Edinburg's original name had been Chapin, but Mr. Chapin was tried for murdering a man in San Antonio's Buckhorn Saloon. Propriety demanded a name change, and so John Young, prominent businessman, named it after his birthplace of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1911. Somewhere along the way, the "h" was dropped.

Edinburg Attractions

  • Hidalgo County Courthouse >

  • Hidalgo County Jail >
  • Edinburg's Haunted 1928 Southern Pacific Railroad Station
    The beautiful and haunted 1928 Southern Pacific Railroad Station, now the Edinburg Visitor Information Center, is one of the best buildings in Edinburg. You heard right, we said haunted....more >
  • Edinburg depot stain glass window
    Ghost Depot
    602 West University

    TE Photo, 1999
  • Museum of South Texas History
    121 E. McIntyre St. Edinburg, Texas 78516
    Ph. (956) 383-6911 Fax (956) 381-8518
    www.MOSTHistory.org

    The Museum is housed in the Former County Jail and also once served as Edinburg's City Hall. The city hall and former courthouse were a matched set until they decided to build what serves as a courthouse today.

    A scarcity of Oaks (the tree of choice for hangings) and Cottonwoods (popular in the Panhandle), prompted the county to install a trapdoor in the jail for executions. The abundant palms just wouldn't work. The door was sprung only once, hanging one J. Ortiz for murder.

    We wanted to say the trapdoor was only used once because it was a bother to move the sheriff's desk, but the museum director said that that wasn't true. So we won't say that. We later found out that a former museum director did indeed have a desk over the trap door, but never had to move it.

    In addition to the many other displays, one is included on McAllen's famous "Rocket Mail" episode. See "Rockets Over The Rio". All the displays are filled with artifacts, photographs and informative text.

    The museums gift shop also contains a book selection better than the one at The Institute of Texas Cultures in San Antonio. Not as big, perhaps, but the titles are well selected and pertain to the entire South Texas region. They even had a book on the King Ranch that was not available at the Ranch's Museum giftshop in Kingsville.
  • Edinburg Municipal Waterparks - 123 E. Palm Drive. Admissions. 956-381-5631
  • International Racetrack Association - 9 miles north on US 281 by the airport. 956-318-0355
  • Sheriff's Posse Rodeo - 2 miles south on US 281, west on Wisconsin Rd.

  • Edinburg Recreation

  • Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park >

  • Boca Chica State Park >

  • Lake El sal del Rey - 20 miles west of Raymondville. Off Hwy 186

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  • Edinburg Vintage Images >

    Cactus in Edinburg, Texas
    Edinburg scenes
    Hidalgo County Judge Chapin, Texas old photo
    County Judge Chapin
    Photo courtesy Museum of South Texas

    Edinburg WPA Mural
    "Harvest Of The RioGrande Valley"

    by Ward Lockwood
    1940
    Edinburg TX WPA Mural "Harvest Of The RioGrande Valley" by Ward Lockwood
    Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institution
    Lockwood’s mural for Edinburg has since been painted over, but a cartoon (life-size sketch) was found on the site of the Smithsonian Institution.

    Edinburg Chronicles:

  • Rockets Over The Rio - McAllen's famous "Rocket Mail" episode.

  • Edinburg Tourist Information
    Edinburg Chamber of Commerce:
    Edinburg Visitor Information Center
    602 West University
    956-383-4974 or 1-800-800-7214.
    Website: www.edinburg.com
    Edinburg's colorful, attractive and complete brochure lists attractions, dining, lodging and general information and can be picked up at the chamber.


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