Winter Texan Times

OCTOBER 26, 2022 20 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Call today to schedule a free consultation and let us show you how professionally designed marketing materials with clear and consistent messaging can elevate your brand. You Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression Make It Count With Promos & Prints On Your Side (956) 580-7800 1217 N Conway Ave, Mission, TX A Division of Nexus Publishing LLC says – and this still applies today. Nuevo Progresso merchants host a Winter Texan activity twice a year. Usually, a welcome back event in December and an appreciation day in March. The Los Ebanos Ferry, mentioned at the beginning, is one of his top places to visit. The hand drawn ferry is a bit of history and perfectly safe. On the other side it is only a couple of miles to the Mexican town of Diaz Ordaz. This town is spread out with shopping. In Mission, the La Lomita Chapel is another historic sight to see. It was originally built in 1865 and was headquarters for the Oblate Fathers in Hidalgo County from 1865 to 1904. The picnic areas are cool and sheltered, a wonderful spot to just sit and think or have a small snack after walking the grounds. A place close by, he has on his must-see list is Bentsen State Park. The Park is the World Birding Center headquarters. It has several trails, camping spots, a fishing area, a learning center and activities throughout the year. On a recent visit, we saw a group doing meditation at one of the picnic areas and a flock of wild turkeys. Bird watchers will love this area where over 273 types of birds have been spotted. Young continues to talk about the local museums, listing MOSTH and IMAS as two more must-sees. MOSTH, in Edinburg, is located inside an old building that used to be the courthouse and courtroom with a “hanging tower” complete with a rope. The museum features a great deal of artifacts and information about South Texas. Both museums feature special events and rotating exhibits throughout the year. For quiet nature walks try Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. It’s south of Alamo on FM 907 to U.S. 281. Young states he has never been able to cover the entire 2,000 acres, even riding in the park vehicle. For wildlife and native growth, he says this stop is a must. There is plenty of information in local chambers about places to visit. Pick up some literature on South Padre Island in the blue building just as you go over the causeway. There you will find information on the art trails that span the island. There’s some good eating places, fine fishing, and rentals of water vehicles and golf carts to enjoy the outdoors. “There’s so much see and do around here that you don’t have much excuse for just sitting,” said Young in 1987. “Try asking a few Winter Texans. They all have a favorite spot.” It is amazing these places are still top places to see today. These spots and more are what bring you, and so many other tourists, to our area. We hope you enjoy traveling down memory lane with us this season and getting out there and enjoying the wonderful places in the Valley. For more details about the places mentioned, and more sites to see throughout the Rio Grande Valley, visit and go to our digital edition’s library. There you will find our Rio Grande Valley Visitors Guide. This guide has a map that is sectioned into different areas of the Valley – so you can make a plan from anywhere. SITES From pg. 2 Commemorative Air Force Museum La Lomita Chapel