History of McAllen:
The town of McAllen was incorporated in 1911 with the arrival of the modern railroad, bringing industrious pioneers and rebellious bandits who settled the area. Over time, McAllen developed into a farming community, shipping cotton, corn, alfalfa and citrus fruits out of the Rio Grande Valley to the rest of the country.
When National Guardsmen arrived in the Rio Grande Valley to help quell border disturbances, the McAllen population soared from 1,200 to 12,000. During this population explosion, modern conveniences filtered into the community, and many business began to spring up to serve the now bustling community.
By the 1950’s and 60’s, McAllen had grown in to an important hub for international trade with Mexico, a retail shoppers’ mecca, and a highly desirable destination for snowbirds, or, as they are affectionately called locally, “Winter Texans.”