On The Road With Charles & Leigh travel blog


We moved about 175 miles south today to Los Fresnos (Spanish for The Ashes) The population was 4,512 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area. The City was named for the Fresnos (ash) trees scattered in the woods and along streams. In 1912, Lon Hill, an early land owner, formed a company to develop a canal system which would use the Rio Grande River to irrigate land for farming. Railroad construction in the early 1900s began to bring settlers to the area, and by 1915 a post office was established. Because of the fertile, irrigated land, farm products increased and with the long growing season in the Valley, farming flourished. Today the city is still surrounded by fertile farm/ranch land. Major crops are cotton, sugar cane, grains, orange, and red grapefruit orchards.

The park is okay. Leigh did laundry and we jumped in the pool. Then went to supper.

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