Mercedes refers to itself as "Queen City of the Valley" or "La Reina del Valle." It celebrated its centennial in 2007. The original town site was two miles east of the present site. The present site in southern Hidalgo County was part of the Capisallo Ranch. Today, Mercedes is a center for agriculture and varied industries, and it is well known for custom-made boots.
The Fleet S. Lentz Native Plant Display features more than 100 native shrubs and trees. On the Mercedes Civic Center grounds, 530 E. Second St.
Events include the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeoheld the second week in March.
Mercedes is home to the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlet Mall. Call 956/565-3900 or visit www.premiumoutlets.com/riograndevalley.