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Hidalgo Pumping Station with one smoke stack, Hidalgo Texas
The recently restored Hidalgo Pumping Station
TE Photo 2001
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Hidalgo Irrigation Pump Plant

"The semi-arid Lower Rio Grande Valley was productive only for cattle grazing until several steam-powered irrigation systems were established in the early 20th century. In 1909, a steam pump was built here to channel Rio Grande water to about 40,000 acres of land. The Louisiana-Rio Grande Canal Company installed additional equipment in 1911-12 to increase production to the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo area. Sold to the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District in 1920, the pump plant continued in operation until 1983, when an all-electric plant opened downstream. (1989)"

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Hidalgo Pumping Station with 2 original smokestacks, Hidalgo Texas
Hidalgo Pumping Station in operation with two original smokestacks
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Hidalgo Pumping Station and irrigation canal,  Hidalgo Texas old photo
The Hidalgo Pumping Station and irrigation canal
Robert Runyon Collection, Center for American History, UT Austin

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