San Juan and Weslaco (Hidalgo County)
Adventuring in the Texas Tropical Trail Region!
We began our day at the Basilica Cafe located on the grounds of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine in San Juan. Then we are off to a guided tour of the Basilica by Joe Cantu, staff member where we meet the Rector of the Basilica, Father Ortega.
From there, we all drove to Frontera Audubon Thicket on the grounds of the Skaggs House in Weslaco. Irene Szedlmayer, a Frontera board member, greeted us. She told us about the history of the Skaggs House and the Frontera Audubon Thicket and led us through the paths of the Thicket.
About Weslaco: Named as an acronym for W. E. Stewart Land Co.
About the Frontera Audobon Thicket:
About the Skaggs House:
Historic Sites: Weslaco City Hall and Fire Station (500 S. Kansas), Villa de Cortez (260 Texas Blvd.), Weslaco Museum (525 S. Kansas), The Harlon Block Memorial (1100 Vo-Tech Drive) and the Tower Theatre (2nd & Kansas Streets), Camp Llano Grande (Site of Texas A&M Research & Extension Center), Marker for Citrus Fruit Developed in the Rio Grand Valley (Red-Meat Grapefruit), Delta Lake Park, First Christian Church, Skaggs House – Frontera Audubon Center, Spiderweb Railroad Station at Progreso, The Texsun Corporation, Toluca Ranch, Weslaco City Cemetery, Weslaco High School.
Our next stop was the historic Villa de Cortez, formerly the Cortez Hotel, in downtown Weslaco. Here we had our a very nice lunch in the historic dining room.
About the Villa de Cortez:
Following lunch, we visited the new Weslaco Museum where we were welcomed to the Museum by the Executive Director Luis Contreras and enjoyed a self-guided tour through the history of Weslaco.
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