McAllen is a City in Texas

By: Douglas Scott

McAllen is in Texas lush lower Rio Grande Valley. Its southern boundary is located about five miles from the US Mexico border, the Rio Grande River. McAllen is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is also the largest city in Hidalgo County.

Positive dates connected with McAllen are lost in the mists of antiquity. In the Ruth Clarks famous scrapbook. The majority of the opinion is that McAllen was founded in 1909 and incorporated February 21, 1911. James McAllen came to the Valley in the early 1850s from Edinburgh, Scotland. He owned 65,000 acres of land in the area.

It is noted for subtropical climate, access to Mexico and tourist facilities catering to thousands of visitors. It is also a winter resort and is known as the City of Palms, since 40 varieties of that tree flourish there.

It has grown and developed from an agricultural based economy to a strong retail, manufacturing and trade centre. It has always enjoyed strong economic impact from tourism dollars that come in the winter.

Its a great destination for birders and other nature oriented visitors. The McAllen and surrounding area is one of the most popular spots in the entire United States for year round nature and birding activities. It is positioned on the migratory path between North and South America, presenting unique and exciting birding and butterfly expeditions. The landscape hosts a diverse wildlife population.

It has over 550 restaurants. Be sure and explore some of the home town proprietors who serve food from around the world, from the Middle East to China and Italy to Japan, and of course Mexico and USA. There is sure to be one to suit your taste or cravings.

Allow plenty of time to enjoy the enticement of Mexico. Bustling Reynosa, or laid back Nuevo Progreso, both are just minutes away.

Explore the shops and markets for their endless possibilities jewellery, ceramics, hand woven fabrics and hand blown glass, the unique creations of skilled Mexican craftsman. A great place to shop for different things.

Anzalduas Park and Dam A diversion dam used to divert water from the Rio Grande to a large irrigation canal on the Mexican side. The national boundary line runs through the centre of the dam. The park has many shade trees, picnic tables, boating facilities and a pavilion overlooking the Rio Grande. A great place to enjoy.

Its a great place to come and a great place to be see for yourself. Any time of year is worth a vist. However summmer time is ideal because there are great parks to explore.

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