McAllen is on U.S. Highway 83 about sixteen miles west of Weslaco and thirty-five miles west of Harlingen in southern Hidalgo County. It is situated on land that was part of porciones 63 and 64, granted respectively by Spain to Antonio Gutiérrez and Juan Antonio Villareal in 1767. Gutiérrez and his heirs inhabited the land at least up to 1883, and Villareal's heirs lived on his land for at least fifty years prior to 1852. The Santa Anita Ranch was established around 1797 by José Manuel Gómez, who received the land grant from Spain in 1800. He raised cattle, sheep, goats, and horses on his ranch and helped to continue colonizing the area. His great-granddaughter Salomé Ballí, who inherited the land in the early 1800s, married John Young, a Brownsville businessman, about 1848 (see YOUNG, SALOMÉ). They proceeded to acquire land in the surrounding area, and in 1852 Young applied for porciones 64 and 65 in southern Hidalgo County. Young died in 1859, leaving his holdings to his widow and son, John J. Young, with John McAllen, Young's assistant, as manager. McAllen married Salomé Ballí de Young in 1861, and in 1862 they had a son, James Ballí McAllen. They continued adding land to the ranch, which was renamed the McAllen Ranch. The site of present-day McAllen was within the ranch's boundaries.
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|144,379||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|129,877||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|106,414||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|84,021||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|67,042||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|37,636||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|32,728||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|20,067||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,877||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|9,074||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,331||1920||Texas Demographic Center|