You are here

Mcallen (Hidalgo County)

-A A +A

The largest city in Hidalgo County, McAllen positioned itself from its founding in 1904 as the center of trade in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Within a few years of incorporation McAllen transformed itself into the City of Palms. This tropical image was cultivated by city officials, as they lined major streets with palm trees, built a captivating landmark hotel ( MR1), and constructed new neighborhoods to accommodate a 70 percent population increase between 1920 and 1930.

While residential development continued far to the north, the more commercial south side continued to grow, as McAllen expanded to the new U.S. 83 corridor with skyscrapers and medical, tourist, and retirement facilities to ensure its competitive edge over its neighbors.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Gerald Moorhead et al.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,