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Hidalgo Real Estate
Colonial Spain helped shape the customs of pre-Texas Hidalgo, but the real influence of this Spanish town is the Rio Grande River. A blessing and a curse, the river has shaped and destroyed so much of the history of Hidalgo. It's washed away buildings and bridges, but it has also provided water for crops in the valley for hundreds of years. Living in Hidalgo means coming to respect the river for its gifts and power.
John Young, the man who also helped develop Edinburg, was part of Hidalgo's early history. Not part of the railroads of the early 1900s it was a frontier crossing point and trade center, and landing site for boats crossing the Rio Grande.
Before farmers learned irrigation techniques, cattle grazing was the agricultural pursuit of choice. Once the river water was purposely redirected onto farmland, sugar cane, cotton, citrus and vegetables sprung up all over the land.
An irrigation pump house built in 1910 used a steam engine to divert water from the Rio Grande River into irrigation canals at a maximum rate of 400,000 gallons per minute. For comparison's sake, an average wave pool in a water park holds 400,000 gallons of water. You could fill one of those pools in 60 seconds with one of the steam-powered pumps. The pumps eventually moved from steam to electric, but the building that housed the equipment still stands as a museum and tribute to early innovations in farming.
The land surrounding the museum is part of the World Birding Center with landscapes that attract birds and butterflies on their route to Mexico. Birding is a favorite past time in the area. A Catholic Priest named Tom Pincelli helped organize the first Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in the mid-1990s. His enthusiasm for the feathery fowl spread across the Valley and helped bring awareness and funding to preserve an unusual natural resource.
Living in Hidalgo
Living in Hidalgo today we have entertainment options like the State Farm Arena. When it first opened on October 23, 2003, hosting Alan Jackson and Joe Nichols, the inaugural concert sold out in a matter of hours. December 6, 2003, brought International Fighting Championships to Hidalgo, the first cage fight ever in Texas.
The Festival of Lights, a celebration illuminated by one million lights takes place in December. It is a fun time for everyone in the community, and our seasonal visitors, the Winter Texans.
The Africanized Honey Bee arrived in 1990. But the community rallied instead of panicked, and now all that remains of the "killer" bee is a massive 2,000-pound statue mimicking the invader.
Our high school mascot is the Pirates, and there is a lot of Pirate pride in our school system. Athletics and academics are highlighted, giving students an opportunity to accel in multiple aspects of formal education. We aim to prepare all of our 3,400 students for life outside our classroom walls.
Real Estate in Hidalgo
Living in Hidalgo marries tradition with progress in a way that honors both the past and future. Let us help make you a part of our future. Contact us today to begin exploring real estate in Hidalgo.