Still Flourishing Area
The City of Edinburg is a three-time All America City. Edinburg is an agricultural community surrounded by large cattle ranches, sugarcane fields and citrus orchards, still flourishing amid a growing metropolitan area.
In 1908, the county seat was moved from Hidalgo to a small town named Chapin. Originally named after County Judge Dennis B. Chapin, all official records were brought to the new county seat by oxcart. A year later, a county jail was built to serve the area, and today it is part of the museum of South Texas History formally known as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum. Ranching was the main source of industry during this period of history. In 1911, growth and prosperity flourished, and the town was renamed Edinburg.
Railroads have played a major role in the area’s growth and development. Originally served by the San Antonio-Rio Grande Valley Railroad, Edinburg strived to bring in larger rail service. On January 11, 1927, history was made when a train whistle and the driving of a golden spike heralded the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Passenger service continued until 1952, with freight service operating until 1982.
Today, the Edinburg Southern Pacific Depot remains a monument to the area’s railroading past. It now serves as the home of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center. The depot is located at 602 W. University and is open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.