McALLEN

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.

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.

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Place type

McALLEN is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    26.21897850
    Longitude
    -98.24489200

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Population Counts

McALLEN
Pop. Year Source
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