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We enjoyed a visit to the Weslaco Museum and to the Valley Nature Center and learned what makes the Valley so GRANDE. We had 42 persons with us throughout the day including 14 first-time attendees for our 98th monthly Partner Event in Weslaco. These 42 persons represented 14 cities/towns and 8 counties in South Texas and one from Los Angeles CA.

Our day began with refreshments and a welcome by CEO Julian Alvarez at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce located at 322 S. Missouri Avenue in Weslaco.

Our day began with refreshments and a welcome by CEO Julian Alvarez at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce located at 322 S. Missouri Avenue in Weslaco.

Weslaco Museum. 500 S. Texas Blvd.

Weslaco Museum. 500 S. Texas Blvd.

The W.E. Stewart Club House. Photo on display at the Weslaco Museum.

The W.E. Stewart Club House. Photo on display at the Weslaco Museum.

W.E. Stewart Land Company

Weslaco derives its name from the W.EStewart Land Company.  Early settlers came as a result of excursion parties brought from Chicago, Kansas City and other cities in the Midwest.  In the 1880s, downtown Weslaco was called the Neon City as downtown businesses used the gas-filled tubes for signage.

Weslaco was the hometown of Harlon Block, one of the Marines photographed raising the flag at Iwo Jima.  During World War II, sandbag production reached a peak in Weslaco, and the town declared itself the “sandbagging capital of the world”.

Weslaco was the hometown of Harlon Block, one of the Marines photographed raising the flag at Iwo Jima. During World War II, sandbag production reached a peak in Weslaco, and the town declared itself the “sandbagging capital of the world”.

Our next stop was the Valley Nature Center located in Gibson Park at 301 S. Border Avenue in Weslaco.  The Center is five acres of native habitat in the heart of Weslaco and home to hundreds of birds and butterflies.

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A trail leads visitors through the lush vegetation, cactus garden, bog ponds and butterfly garden.

Educational Programs will included a presentation on “What Makes the Valley so GRANDE?” by Michael J. Blum, Partner & Managing Broker of NAI Rio Grande Valley, a commercial real estate brokerage, consulting, development and syndication firm based in McAllen.

Educational Programs will included a presentation on “What Makes the Valley so GRANDE?” by Michael J. Blum, Partner & Managing Broker of NAI Rio Grande Valley, a commercial real estate brokerage, consulting, development and syndication firm based in McAllen.

Thank You! Special thanks to Marlou Levine, Fran Isbell and Marjorie Johnson for their part in planning this day.

Our hosts/sponsors for this day in Weslaco are the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce, the Weslaco Museum, the Weslaco Museum Guild, the Valley Nature Center and Arturo’s Bar and Grill.

Welcome Texas Tropical Trail Region! Pina Colada Cake, courtesy of Marlou Levine!

Welcome Texas Tropical Trail Region! Pina Colada Cake, courtesy of Marlou Levine!