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DONNA, TEXAS

Hidalgo County, South Texas

Off US 83 and State 374
14 miles NE of McAllen
Population: 16,089 (2010)

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Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum, Donna Texas
Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, April 2008
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Two East Texas men, T. J. Hooks and A. F. Hester, began developing this area for settlement in the late 1890s. Through formation of the La Blanca Agricultural Company, they set up farms and irrigation systems and advertised the area's favorable climate and resources. In 1904, when a rail line was built here, they founded the town of Donna, named for T. J. Hooks daughter. Ed Ruthven opened the first store and, in 1908, the town incorporated with R. P. Boeye as mayor. Since the earliest days of the 20th century, Donna has developed as one of the leading cities of the Rio Grande Valley.
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Donna by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" column)

"Donna Hooks Fletcher had that wholesome Gibson girl look, which may explain part of her ability to get what she wanted...

T.J. Hooks ... purchased 23,000 acres in Hidalgo County in 1900. When his 21-year-old daughter’s marriage fell apart, Hooks gave her some land so she could start supporting herself. She stocked her acreage with Jersey cattle and launched a successful butter business... more
Donna Texas mural
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, April 2008
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Donna, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

  • Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum -
    In Historic American Legion Hall
    318 S. Main
    956-464-9989
  • Donna Wet Lands - Birding and butterfly gardens.
    Call Chamber of Commerce - 956-464-3272 - for guided tours
  • Donna Central Elementary School
  • Donna Visitor Center - 921, Miller Ave.
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  • Reckless Driving sign, Donna Texas
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, April 2008
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