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Often called "The Magic Valley" because of its tropical climate and rich soil, the Lower Rio Grande Valley is a fertile agricultural region known for its cultivation of citrus, sugar cane, cotton, anda variety of vegetables. In the heart of the Valley is Weslaco, a typical Valley town that serves as market, business, social, religious, and educational center for a broad Hispanic/Anglo population. This compilation of mid-Valley memories focuses on the development of agriculture and community life in Weslaco from the early 1900s to the 1950s, as once again the Valley undergoes transition, this time from agriculture to international trade due to NAFTA. Featuring images of Weslaco's buildings, schools, colorful residents, lively celebrations, andthe Texsun Corporation, which employed Valley workers for almost 60 years, this photographic tourprovides insight into the area's diverse heritage.
ISBN: 9780738503059
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Karen Gerhardt and Blanca E. Tamez have worked together to produce this illustrative history of the region's past. Using over two hundred historic photographs from the collection of the Weslaco Bicultural Museum, their collaboration tells the story of everyday life in this farming community along the Rio Grande border.
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