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The city was originally named Chapin after one of the town site promoters but was later renamed Edinburg in 1911 in honor of a prominent businessman who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburg holds a Hidalgo County seat and is the western gateway to Lower Rio Grande Valley. The city is the center of vast vegetable and citrus culture. Industries include food processing, furniture, foundry products, fertilizers, oil, and dairy products. In 1927 the University of Texas-Pan American was founded, the university has since grown from 200 students to now over 17,000 making it the tenth largest university in the state of Texas.

Art Galleries

UTPA Galleries

The University of Texas - Pan American has three art galleries on its main campus. The galleries offer temporary exhibitions by award winning contemporary artist from around the United States and Mexico, as well as student shows.

During the school year the galleries also offer visiting artists lectures and workshops. UTPA is home to an extensive collection created by professional working artists which includes paintings, prints, and art exhibition posters from around the world, modern sculpture and local artifacts.

Admission to all exhibitions is free; the galleries are open Monday through Friday except on University holidays.
For more information, Call: (956) 381-2655

Historical Attractions

Southern Pacific Railroad depot

Tour the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, which was built in 1927 and is now home to the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center.

View the "Espee" in the Rio Grande Valley exhibit featuring Southern Pacific memorabilia such as a conductor's cap, playing cards, lamps, lanterns, as well as the original "golden spike" driven on January 11, 1927.

The Depot is located at 602 W. University and is open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admission is FREE.

Museum of South Texas History

See the largest collection of exhibits and artifacts covering South Texas' fantastic history. Museum of South Texas History (MOST) exhibits give a broad overview of the region, from prehistoric tribes through Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, Rio Grande steamboat era, Civil War, early ranching/farming, border wars and more.

Partially housed in the 1910 County Jail, MOST includes a hangman's trap used for a public execution in 1913. In 1970 the former jail became the first building for the museum. MOST vividly preserves and presents the borderland heritage of Northeastern Mexico and South Texas.

A historical archive is available for researchers. Located at 121 E. McIntyre on the Courthouse Square in Edinburg. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed to the public on Monday.

Adults $7
Seniors, Active Military, Students $5
Children (4-12) $4
Children 3 and under free

For more information, Call: (956) 383-6911.

Tejano Walk of Fame

Since its unveiling, the Tejano Walk of Fame at 415 W. McIntyre St. has attracted hundreds of visitors who have come to see Edinburg's tribute to Tejano music stars.

The centerpiece of the walkway is a sculpture by Sculptor Richard Hyslin, which honors Edinburg native Jose Roberto Pulido, a pioneer in Tejano music. The sculpture was designed with the intent of capturing the essence of this international star’s music and is the first in a series of public art projects commissioned by the Edinburg 2020 Cultural Arts Committee.

Hidalgo County Veterans War Memorial

The Memorial, located on the courthouse lawn, honors
individuals from Hidalgo County who were killed in action
during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and in

The Hidalgo County Courthouse is located at
100 N. Closner Blvd.
Edinburg, TX 78539


World Birding Center

In the spring of 2003, the City of Edinburg opened its World Birding Center. The Scenic Wetland Trails and bird’s park are set on forty acres of wetlands adjacent to the ninety acre Edinburg municipal Park. A nature tourism destination, the site has many trails and five bird observation platforms. The Edinburg World Birding Center is part of the Lower coastal Birding Trail and is classified a premier birding location in South Texas.

For more information visit or call,
714 Raul Longoria Dr.
(956) 381-9922.

El Sal Del Rey (Salt of the King)

Is a large salt lake located 22 miles north of Edinburg and was discovered by Spanish Conquistadors. Salt from the mines was transported overseas to Spain and her colonies and westward into Mexico. The white banks are also visible from Highway 186 where a historical marker rests.

Sal Del Rey is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week and can be accessed by foot only.

For more information call (956) 784-7500 ext. 100.

Golfing and Sports

Ebony Hills (Edinburg Municipal) Golf Course

The 9-hole "Ebony Hills" course at the Ebony Hills Public Golf Course facility in Edinburg, Texas features 3,022 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course rating is 34.9 and it has a slope rating of 111. Ebony Hills golf course opened in 1927. Today Hector Flores manages the course as the General Manager

Los Lagos Golf Club

This luxury 18-hole golf facility combines a spectacular combination of links, mounding, sand and 11-acres of beautiful lakes, making Los Lagos Golf Club a jewel of the Rio Grande Valley.

This golf club features grill style dining designed to accommodate a full field tournament or business event.

For more information, contact the Los Lagos Golf Club at (956) 316-0444 or visit them online at www.loslagosgolfclub.com.

Monte Cristo Golf and Country Club

Sporting this 18 hole championship course offers two swimming pools, amusement park, tennis courts, workout gym and sauna, bar and grill, and pro shop.

Monte Cristo Golf and Country Club is located 2 1/2 miles east of Hwy. 281 on Monte Cristo Road.

For more information,
Call: (956) 381-0965

Edinburg Professional Baseball Stadium

The 5,500 seat stadium is a year round entertainment center and primary home of the city's professional baseball theam the Edinburg Roadrunners of the United League Baseball.

Amenities for the stadium include: 10 luxury sky boxes, a state of the art press box and an electronic scoreboard.

For more information visit or call
920 N. Sugar Rd.
(956) 289-8800.

Edinburg International Racetrack

Whether you are a spectator or a race car driver the Edinburg Racetrack is the place to go. This racetrack holds venues every Wednesday and Friday.

For more information call or visit
15920 N. Hwy 281

Sheriff’s Posse Arena

The arena offers Rio Round-Up every Saturday at 6 p.m.
It includes calf roping, barrel racing, and more.

Rodeo cowboys demonstrate calf roping, bull-riding, and Quarter Horse racing every Saturday evening at rodeo arena 2 miles south of Edinburg via U.S. 281; 0.5 mile west on Wisconsin Rd.;

No admission fee except during full-performance rodeos.

Two full scale rodeos are held every February.

For more details call (956) 686-7038.



Fiesta Edinburg

Last weekend in February, Parade, live music entertainment, carnival, art and crafts, food booths and more. Edinburg Chamber 956-383-4974


Healthy Living Festival

First weekend in March, Health Fair, Bike Ride, Going Green Expo, musical entertainment, Edinburg Chamber 956-383-4974.

Higher Education Facilities

University of Texas Pan American

The University of Texas-Pan American joined the University of Texas System in 1989 and now has an enrollment of approximately 17,000 students. The university offers degree options for Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate. Intercollegiate athletics in NCAA Division I, music, theater and dance performances are hosted throughout the year including the Valley Symphony Orchestra. UTPA is located at 1201 W. University and can be reached at (956) 381-2011. For more information visit www.utpa.edu

Movie Theatres

Carmike Cinema 20

3003 S Expressway 281
Edinburg, TX 78542
(956) 380-2203


Babs Deli
1801 W. Trenton
Edinburg, TX 78539

Buffalo Wings & Rings
(956) 682-2943
1809 Trenton Rd
Edinburg, TX 78539

Chili's Grill & Bar
(956) 380-2818
2303 W. University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78541

Church’s Chicken
3469 N. Business 281
Edinburg, TX 78539

1607 S. McColl
Edinburg, TX 78539

Coffee Zone
(956) 381-8765
1108 S. McColl Rd
Edinburg, TX 78539

Colima Restaurant
1402 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX 78539

Cornerstone Grill
(956) 661-0000
2702 Cornerstone Blvd.
Edinburg, TX 78539

3012 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX 78539

Karina's Kuntry Kitchen
2207 S. Hwy 281
Edinburg, TX 78539

La Casa Del Taco
1800 E. Hwy 83
Mission, TX 78572

La Paloma Taqueria y Tortilleria
621 E. Cano
Edinburg, TX 78539

Lady Nostalgia Tea Room
710 N. Closner Blvd
Edinburg, TX 78539

Little Caesar’s Pizza
2031 Orchid
McAllen, Tx

LoLo’s Smart Cuisine
2812 N McColl Rd

Maki Sushi Bar
1623 W. University Dr
(956) 380-6254

Monster Carwash and Coffee Shop
2702 W. University Dr.

Moon Light Café
3911 S. US Highway 281

Peter Piper Pizza
(956) 380-6666
2210 W. University
Edinburg, TX 78539

Pizza Patron
3911 S. McColl Rd
Edinburg, TX 78539

(956) 383-5600
1102 W. University Suite B
Edinburg, TX 78539

Ruben's FireHouse Cafe
320 N. 12th St.
Edinburg, TX 78541

Schlotzsky's Deli
(956) 316-3354
1704 W. University
Edinburg, TX 78539

Sonic Drive In
(956) 287-7879
2222 W. University
Edinburg, TX 78539

Suteki Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine
1102 W. University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78539

The Adobe Grill & Bar
(956) 318-0545
308 N. Closner
Edinburg, TX 78539

The Social Steakhouse & Club
(956) 316-4700
205 Conquest Blvd
Edinburg, TX 78539

Victor's Chicken
(956) 289-1165
1911 E. University
Edinburg, TX 78539