Donna is off U.S. Highway 83 and State Spur 374, fourteen miles southeast of McAllen in southeastern Hidalgo County. It is in territory that was granted to Lino Cabazos as part of the La Blanca land grant on May 19, 1834, by the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The Cabazos family inhabited the area for at least twenty years after taking possession of the land, and their descendants continued to live in the area into the twentieth century. The first known Anglo-American settler was John F. Webber, who, accompanied by his wife Sylvia (Hector), a former slave, settled in the area in 1851. The Webbers moved to the area in order to escape persecution for their interracial marriage.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Alicia A. Garza | © Texas State Historical Association
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|16,797||2020||United States Census Bureau|
|17,300||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|15,798||2010||United States Census Bureau|
|14,768||2000||United States Census Bureau|
|12,652||1990||United States Census Bureau|
|9,952||1980||United States Census Bureau|
|7,365||1970||United States Census Bureau|
|7,522||1960||United States Census Bureau|
|7,171||1950||United States Census Bureau|
|4,712||1940||United States Census Bureau|
|4,103||1930||United States Census Bureau|
|1,579||1920||United States Census Bureau|