Then and Now
The new citizens of Weslaco went to work enthusiastically, clearing the land, building streets and homes. By 1929 Weslaco boasted with paved streets and sidewalks, attractive homes, brick churches and palm trees along Texas Boulevard. Business was thriving too, as more and more home-seekers came to Weslaco. It was at the same year that Miss Mary Lovely, the new postmaster of the town, announced that free mail-delivery would start as soon as the residents put up mail-boxes. 1929 was also the year when the first sound-movie entertained Weslaco's citizens, starring Corrinne Griffith, the chamber of commerce hires it's first full time secretary and the Weslaco High School band won first place in the state Class B Division, receiving a lovely cup and $ 300 in cash. The citizens were obviously proud of their accomplishments, and rightfully so, for the thriving town with it's rich vegetable fields an flourishing citrus orchards was literally wrestled away from an inhospitable desert, and drenched with the sweat of their labor.
Today Weslaco boasts a population of over 26,000
residents, Spanish arcitecture abounds amidst the palm trees that sway
with the ever-present Gulf Coast breezes. As an additional boost to the
local economy, thousands of "Winter Texan" residents make their way to
Weslaco every fall and stay until spring, taking advantage of the
subtropical climate, the pristine beaches of nearby South