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Mercedes, Texas

Mercedes refers to itself as the "Queen City of the Valley" or "La Reina del Valle." It is one of the oldest towns in the Rio Grande Valley. The townsite was first located two miles east of the present site and named Lonsboro by Lon C. Hill, who had been active in bringing St. Louis and New York financiers to the area to look into land and irrigation possibilities. The present site in southern Hidalgo County was part of the Capisallo Ranch, and is named for Mercedes Daz, wife of Porfirio Daz, president of Mexico.

Today, Mercedes is a center for agriculture and varied industries, and it is well known for its custom-made boots. The city's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico offer abundant recreational opportunities.

More than 100 native and indigenous shrubs and trees were planted on the Mercedes Civic Center grounds by volunteer Fleet Lentz for Texas' 150th Anniversary. Visitors, as well as school children, often visit the site to see the collection of native plants found in the surrounding four counties. The Center is at 530 E. 2nd St.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Doll Display

More than 500 dolls from 40 countries are displayed in the city's municipal building. The collection includes dolls from 11 tribes of native Americans, former presidents, and several movie stars. Some dolls date back to 1890

Mercedes, TX Collections

Vintage Farm Equipment Museum

Outside display of vintage farm equipment is displayed third week in March and for special events. The museum is on the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show grounds at 1000

Mercedes, TX Museums

Mid Valley Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7

Mercedes, TX Golf Courses

La Floresta Golf Course

Course Access: Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Mercedes, TX Golf Courses

Llano Grande Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Mercedes, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Mercedes, TX

World Birding Center Headquarters

Located within Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, site meant to educate the public about the unique wildlife within the re...

San Agustín Cathedral

Originally built in 1767; present structure, third on site, dates from 1872. Was elevated to the rank of Cathedral on Aug. 9,...

Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame

Museum captures the lifestyles of Tejano music and salutes pioneers of the genre. Exhibits include biographies, artifacts, mu...

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Killer Bee

The discovery of the first Africanized bee in the United States was found just outside Hidalgo in 1990. The fiberglass and st...