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Edcouch History 1937

Edcouch Texas History Written in 1937

The Town of Edcouch

The history of Edcouch dates from the sale of lots on a plot of forty acres located almost in the geographical center of the rich Rio Grande Valley, on September 22, 1926. With no outside financial backing, and relying solely upon the natural re­sources of the surrounding territory, the growth of Edcouch has been little short of phenominal.

In the federal census of 1930, Edcouch—re­corded a population of 914, which has remained about constant the past five years, with indications now favorable for another period of growth.

It is with pride that the Edcouch-Elsa Enterprise, oldest private business institution in the city, calls attention to some of the merits of this city and section of Texas.

Edcouch is one of the five cities of the Rio Grande Valley served by both the Missouri Pacific and the Southern Pacific Railroads which give this little city an advantage in rail rates to shippers of the abundance of produce raised in this section. The railroads themselves, alert to the vast amount of tonnage of fruits and vegetables raised in this section, have constructed warehouses for packing and storage service, greater in capacity than any other section in the Rio Grande Valley.

Two ice plants in Edcouch produce during the winter months, a total of 180 tons of ice daily, chiefly used by the shipping trade. Another plant two miles west, at Elsa, produces an additional eighty tons.

Edcouch and Elsa are closely linked in the wel­fare of this, the mid-section of the Rio Grande Valley and should be classed as one little city or twin-cities, so closely are they located and so inter­woven are their interests. The sections surround­ing Edcouch, Elsa, and La Villa, another little city two miles east of Edcouch, produce more winter vegetables and more cotton during the summer than any other section of this rich valley of the Rio Grande. Approximately three thousand cars of produce are shipped annually to northern markets and the annual cotton crop averages three thousand bales.

Oil and Gas are now added to the natural re­sources and income, with three wells having a potential flow of six thousand barrels daily, of high gravity crude.

The State of Texas book: one hundred years of progress 1937, page 231

Location

26° 17' 38.256" N, 97° 57' 38.016" W