of South Texas History|
121 E. McIntyre St. Edinburg, Texas 78516
Ph. (956) 383-6911 Fax (956) 381-8518
is housed in the Former County Jail and also once served as Edinburg's City Hall.
The city hall and former courthouse were a matched set until they decided to build
what serves as a courthouse today.
A scarcity of Oaks (the tree of choice
for hangings) and Cottonwoods (popular in the Panhandle), prompted the county
to install a trapdoor in the jail for executions. The abundant palms just wouldn't
work. The door was sprung only once, hanging one J. Ortiz for murder.
We wanted to say the trapdoor was only used once because it was a bother to move
the sheriff's desk, but the museum director said that that wasn't true. So we
won't say that. We later found out that a former museum director did indeed have
a desk over the trap door, but never had to move it.
In addition to
the many other displays, one is included on McAllen's famous "Rocket Mail" episode.
Over The Rio". All the displays are filled with artifacts, photographs and
The museums gift shop also contains a book selection
better than the one at The Institute of Texas Cultures in San Antonio. Not as
big, perhaps, but the titles are well selected and pertain to the entire South
Texas region. They even had a book on the King Ranch that was not available at
the Ranch's Museum giftshop in Kingsville.
- 123 E. Palm Drive. Admissions. 956-381-5631International
- 9 miles north on US 281 by the airport. 956-318-0355Sheriff's
Posse Rodeo - 2
miles south on US 281, west on Wisconsin Rd. |
Visitor Information Center|
The former Southern Pacific Station
Photo courtesy Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce:
Edinburg Visitor Information Center
Mon - Fri 8:30 - 5 PM
956-383-4974 or 1-800-800-7214.
Edinburg's colorful, attractive and complete
brochure lists attractions, dining, lodging and general information and can be
picked up at the chamber.
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