first country seat was in Hidalgo, but continuous flooding (one
courthouse was completely washed away) forced the people of the county
to look for a new location. A site about 15 miles from the Rio Grande,
owned by John Closner and
W. F. Sprague, was chosen. In 1908
Closner and Sprague donated four blocks in the center of the town site
to build the new courthouse and proposed that the town should be named
after the incumbent County Judge, Chapin.
This however turned out to be an unfortunate choice since Judge Chapin
became involved in a murder in San Antonio. Based on these unfortunate
circumstances the Commissioner's Court decided in 1911 to change the
young towns name to Edinburg.