In 1908 a small town, known as Chapin was selected as the new county seat. By oxcart, official records made the journey from Hidalgo to Chapin. The settlement of Chapin was named after County Judge Dennis B. Chapin, but in 1911 was renamed Edinburg.
Edinburg is filled with rich historical reminders of the past. Even the names of the streets have their own history. Many of the streets in the city were named after Executives of the Southern Pacific Railroad in hopes that they would build a line to the Rio Grande Valley.
The Edinburg Southern Pacific Depot operated out of a rail car until the depot opened its doors on August 1, 1927. Before the time of the Southern Pacific. Edinburg had been served by the San Antonio-Rio Grande Valley Railroad. Later service was provided by Missouri Pacific.
Leaders and citizens of Edinburg have always been traditional and have possessed community pride. Edinburg has been awarded the All-American City honor three times, once in 1968, 1995 and again in 2000. Edinburg is "As good as it gets."
Hidalgo County Historical Museum
See the largest collection of exhibits and artifacts covering South Texas' fantastic-but-true history. HCHM exhibits give a broad overview of the region, from prehistoric tribes through Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, Rio Grande steamboat era, Civil \Var, early ranching and farming, border wars and more. Partially housed in the 1910 County Jail, HCHM includes a hangman's trap used for a public execution in 1913. In 1970 the former jail became the first building for the museum. HCHM vividly preserves and presents the borderland heritage of Northeastern Mexico and South Texas. A historical archive is available for researchers. Located at 121 E. McIntyre on the Courthouse Square in Edinburg, the Museum is open Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Small admission fee ($2 adults; $1.50 seniors; $1 students; .50 cents children); admission FREE to parents with school-age children on Saturdays that are not special events. (956) 383-6911.
University of Texas - Pan American
The University of Texas-Pan American joined the University of Texas System in 1989 and now has an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students. Intercollegiate athletics in NCAA Division I, music, theater and dance performances are hosted throughout the year. UTPA is located at 1201 W. University.(956) 381-2011.
Tejano Walk of Fame
If the wind is blowing just right, you might hear the unmistakable rhythm of a South Texas music beat that has captivated local, state, national, and international audiences alike. Since its unveiling, the Tejano walk of fame at 415 W. McIntyre St. has attracted hundreds of visitors who have come to see Edinburg's tribute to Tejano music stars. In 1999, 5 stars were inducted into the Walk of Fame and their names were engraved in a marble star and placed into the walkway. Five additional stars will be inducted every year during Hispanic heritage month (October). The centerpiece of the walkway is a sculpture by Sculptor Richard Hyslin, which honors Edinburg native Jose Roberto Pulido, a pioneer in Tejano music. The sculpture was designed with the intent of capturing the essence of this international's star music and is the first in a series of public art projects commissioned by the Edinburg 2020 cultural arts committee.
Experience four days of fun and exciting activities for the whole family during the last weekend of February. Enjoy live concerts and carnival rides at SuperSplash! Adventure", as well as the traditional city parade, rodeo, Miss Edinburg Pageant, Annual Fajita Cook-Off, hoop fest, 3-mile run, health fair, a diverse assortment of food booths, youth talent shows and much, much more! Call the Edinburg Chamber for more information. (956) 383-4974
El Sal del Rey (Salt of The King)
This large salt lake 22 miles north of Edinburg was discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors. Salt from the mines was transported overseas to Spain and her colonies and westward into Mexico. The white banks are also visible from Highway 186 where a historical marker rests. Sal del Rey is open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week and can be accessed by foot only. For more information call (956) 787-3079 ext. 100.
Freddy Gonzalez Memorial Park
This 9-acre park, located on 18th Street and Freddy Gonzalez Drive, was dedicated in memory of a local Vietnam War hero on October 8, 1997. This landscaped park includes a 3/4 mile walking/logging trail, park benches and security lighting. Other future park amenities include a children's play area and an open air gazebo/shelter. (956) 381-5631.
Edinburg boast two water parks that contain amenities such as an Olympic-size swimming pool, waterslides, picnic areas, children's play areas, sandpit volleyball courts and many other attractions. The Main Waterpark is located at 123 East Palm Drive. and the Fountain Park is located at 22nd and Kuhn St. (956) 381-5631.
World Birding Center
In the Spring of 2003, the City of Edinburg opened its World Birding Center. The Scenic Wetland Trails and birds park are set on forty acres of wetlands adajacent to the ninety acre Edinburg municipal Park. A nature tourism destination, the site has over one mile of trails and five bird observation platforms. The Edinburg World Birding Center is part of the Lower coastal Birding Trail and is classified a premier birding location in South Texas. For more information, (956) 381-9922.
Edinburg Visitor Information Center
Housed in the renovated 1927 train depot, this historic landmark is open to visitors, who can obtain information on tourist attractions, accommodations, restaurants, local events, and much more. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is located at 602 W. University. Open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m. 1-800-800-7214.
The Roadrunners Professional Baseball Park
Hit a home run in our new state-of-the minor league baseball stadium. This professional 4,000 seat stadium has paved the way for Edinburg's entry into the Texas/Louisiana League and will be home of the UTPA Broncs. Amenities include: 10 luxury sky boxes, a large spacious press box and an awesome electronic scoreboard. The stadium is located behind the UTPA campus on the corner of Sugar and Schunior road. For more information, contact the edinburg Professional Baseball Club at (956) 289-8800 www.roadrunnersbaseball.com.