San Juan

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In 1904, when the railroad completed its expansion westward from Brownsville through the Rio Grande Valley, small towns were aligning the tracks. Rich, fertile valley territory was attractive to new settlers during the early 1900s, and land developers promoted a place where one could buy a piece of the American dream. Around the same time, immigrants from south of the border were arriving with dreams of starting a new life away from the tumult of the Mexican Revolution. Situated at the crossroads of both rail and roadways, San Juan was the optimal place to settle. Rapid agricultural growth had in turn fostered community growth. As San Juan celebrates 100 years of vitality, this book reflects and recalls why this city was known as the "friendly city in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley."
ISBN: 9780738566818
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 194
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In collaboration with local residents and community leaders, the San Juan Economic Development Corporation proudly presents this visual voyage through the past. Proud to be home to the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine and the tallest flagpole in South Texas at Liberty Park, San Juan looks forward to its prospective future as it becomes the “Spirit of the Rio Grande Valley.”
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