Members of Jos de Escandn's colony settled in the area as early as 1749. The course of the Rio Grande forced residents to move the town's buildings inland. From 1852-1902, the city served as the county seat, later moved to Edinburg. Today, the Hidalgo-McAllen-Reynosa International Bridge is one of the major ports of entry in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
The Valley's subtropical climate attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Golfers can choose from the area's numerous courses. Nearby wildlife refuges attract birders from throughout the world.
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