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The city of Mercedes was founded September 15, 1907 by the American Rio Grande Land & Irrigation Company, and was incorporated March 8, 1909.

The city was located in Capisallo Pasture, part of Capisallo Ranch owned by Jim Welles. This location was known as the Pear Orchard owing to the vast numbers of prickly pear cactus growing there at that time.

The original name given to the city was Diaz in honor of Porfirio Diaz, then president of Mexico. Later it was renamed Mercedes Diaz in honor of the president's wife and from that, Mercedes became the Queen City.

General Zachary Taylor's headquarters was just to the south east of Mercedes near the river. There the old Rabb Ranch was famous for its stage coach stop and riverboat landing for the riverboats that plied up and down the Rio Grande River carrying supplies to the settlements and military installations.

The old Toluca Ranch still stands just east of the International Bridge at Progresso, our sister city to the south. This Ranch is located near the river and a prized target for the banditos during the days of Pancho Villa. It was built with many secret rooms and passages and heavy wooden shutters on the windows to protect its residents.
Annual events include the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo, a nine-day event that is considered among the top 10 livestock shows in the state, held the second week in March.


Doll Display

This unique doll display is housed in the Mercedes Municipal Building. The collection contains more than 500 dolls from over forty countries with dolls from eleven tribes Native American, former presidents, and several movie stars--some dating back to 1890.

Mercedes Municipal Building
400 S Ohio St
Mercedes, Texas

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Vintage Farm Equipment Museum
An outside display of vintage farm equipment held on the Rio Grande Livestock Show grounds. The vintage farm equipment is displayed outside during the second week in March and for special events.

100 N Texas Ave


Llano Grande Golf Course

Llano Grande Resort is surrounded by citrus groves and palm trees providing a beautiful, tropical setting. The golf course’s location allows one to escape the cares of city life, yet is only minutes from all the attractions Southern Texas has to offer. The Llano Grande golf course is a challenging 18-holes with varied terrain greens.

379 Golf Course Rd.
Mercedes, TX
(956) 565-3351

The Palms at Midvalley

The Palms at Midvalley is an 18-hole public course that sits on the northern edge of Mercedes flood plain. This is a long, intimidating links-style course with plenty of bunkers, elevated greens, thick rough, and even a few palm trees. The golf course offers four sets of tees, each providing drastically different rounds.

2.5 Mile North of FM 491, Mercedes, TX 78570

Movie Theatres

Originally lit-up at the beginning of America's Drive-in boom in the
late 1940's, the Wes-Mer, like hundreds of other outdoor screens in the
Lone Star state, was snuffed-out during the thinning of the Ozone layer
and went dark in 1984. Ten years it had laid idle, fading, and forlorn, but
ultimately was restored and re-lit, making it the first of several roadside
resurrections in Texas that were to follow. The Wes-Mer is open 4 nights of
the week: Fri-Sat-Sun and Tuesday, throughout the year. They screen
a double feature each night. Audio provided via FM radio.

Admission: $10 per carload covers all passengers.
Mercedes, Texas

located on Rte.83 between Mercedes & Weslaco


RVG Premium Outlet

The largest factory outlet mall in the area with more than 140 outlet stores such as Puma, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, True Religion, Betsy Johnson, Burberry, Coach, Guess, Gap, Ann Taylor, BCBG, Levis, and many more.

5001 E. U.S. 83. (956)565-3900.




Cortinos Italian Restaurant
234 Michigan Ave
Mercedes, TX
Phone - (956) 565-2309

Chilli’s Grill & Bar
4901 E. Expressway 83
Mercedes, TX

Dairy Queen
930 W. 2nd. St.
Mercedes, TX

Diana’s Diner
1402 W 2nd St
Mercedes, TX
(956) 825-9504

El Fenix Café
126 N. Texas
Mercedes, TX

Leo’s Drive Thru & Barbacoa
161 N. Vermont
Mercedes, TX

Little Caesar’s Pizza
425 Second St.
Mercedes, TX

Pizza Hut
826 W 2nd St ,
Mercedes, TX
(956) 565-6319

Starbuck's Coffee
5001 E. Expressway 83
Mercedes, TX

369 N Texas Ave 
Mercedes, TX
(956) 514-5337