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Mercedes (Hidalgo County)

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Mercedes was the first town reached by the railroad in 1904, as it headed west from Harlingen. Created by the American Rio Grande Valley Land and Irrigation Company, Mercedes is bisected east and west by an irrigation canal. To ensure the value of its investment, the company placed restrictions on building materials and minimum costs for commercial and residential structures in the city charter.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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