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History Of Edinburg Texas

In 1908, John Closner, William Briggs, Argyle McAllen, Plutarco de la Viña and Dennis B. Chapin developed a new community (the town square of which is now located at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 281 and State Highway 107). The town was named Chapin in honor of one of the developers. It is a local myth that Edinburg became the county seat of Hidalgo County in a dramatic, nighttime covert operation in which the county records were removed from the previous county seat. However, historical records show more practical reasons. The original Hidalgo County Courthouse in the City of Hidalgo was under frequent danger of flooding because of the town’s proximity to the Rio Grande, which sometimes encroached on the building. Additionally, Texas law required that the courthouse be close to the geographic center of the county.[6] When Dennis Chapin was involved in the shooting death of Oscar J. Rountree at the Dan Breen Saloon in San Antonio, Texas,[7] the community changed its name to Edinburg to honor John Young, a prominent businessman who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The town was officially named in 1911 and incorporated in 1919.

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Edinburg Texas Demographics

Edinburg is located at 26°18′15″N 98°9′50″W (26.304225, -98.163751).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.4 square miles (97 km2), of which 37.3 square miles (97 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles

 • Total 37.4 sq mi (96.9 km2)
 • Land 37.4 sq mi (96.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2012 Census Estimate)
 • Total 81,029
 • Density 1,296.9/sq mi (500.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78539-78541
Area code(s) 956
FIPS code 48-22660[2]
GNIS feature ID 1335095[3]
Website CityOfEdinburg.com

(0.26 km2) (0.13%) is water.

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Edinburg Texas Education

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

In December 2012, officials announced the merger of the existing University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and the University of Texas at Brownsville into a regional institution.[12] A year later, in December 2013, University of Texas System officials decided to name the new institution the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.[13][14] UTRGV’s creation garnered much media attention because of its expected economic, social and health care impact on the region. UTRGV is unique in that it is the first time the UT System has merged existing campuses in such a way. UTRGV will also bring the first medical school to the Rio Grande Valley region. The first class of UTRGV students are slated to begin courses in fall 2015.[15]


Edinburg is also the home of the Rio Grande Bible Institute and located in the South Texas College District.

Primary and secondary education

Almost all of the city is served by the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, comprising four high schools, one alternative secondary school, six middle schools, and 20 elementary schools. A small portion is served by the McAllen Independent School District, including Memorial High School, Cathey Middle School, and McAllen’s Gonzalez Elementary.

In addition, the South Texas Independent School District operates magnet schools that serve Edinburg. South Texas Business Education & Technology Academy (BETA) is in Edinburg. Students from Edinburg also have the chance to attend other South Texas ISD schools in Mercedes -South Texas High School for the Medical Professions and The Science Academy of South Texas.

The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville operates St. Joseph Catholic School, an elementary and middle school.

Public libraries

The City of Edinburg operates the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.[16]


Edinburg is home to the Museum of South Texas History, formerly the Hidalgo County Historical Museum.

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