MISSION

Population 29,759

Altitude 134


General

Established in 1824 by Oblate Fathers on a site three miles south of the present town; priest said to have planted orange grove that was one of the first experiments with citrus culture in lower Rio Grande Valley. Mission advertises itself as "Home of the Grapefruit," the particular grapefruit being the famed Texas Ruby Red. Commercial center for vast citrus-truck-crop area; also more than 30 industrial plants.

nowhere in Texas does the Christmas season blossom more colorfully than at annual Poinsettia Show in Mission. Only all-poinsettia show in U.S. has been held in December for more than 25 years, employing permanent theme of "Tropical Christmas.: In even-numbered years, the banks of mission are settings for profuse flora displays; in odd-numbered years, settings are in ;public buildings and private homes. Show coincides with annual meeting of American poinsettia Society, whose national headquarters are in Mission.

ANZALDUAS PARK

BENTSEN RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK

La LOMITA CHAPEL

LOS EBANOS FERRY

SHARY ESTATE


Attractions

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