Texas Archive of the Moving Image is loading...

The Lure of the Rio Grande Valley (1927)

Brownsville Historical Association

Silent | 1927

  • Normal
  • Large video
  • Large content
  • Full video
"rtmpconf":{ type:"flv", file:"mp4:2009_02291_480x360.mp4", baseUrl:wgScriptPath + "/extensions/player/", streamServer:'texas-flash.streamguys1.com:443/vod', width:"480", height:"360", config:{ showBrowserControls:false }, poster:"/library/index.php?action=ajax%26rs=importImage%26rsargs[]=The Lure of the Rio Grande Valley tn.jpg%26rsargs[]=480", controls:{ _timerStyle:"sides" } }
  •  "Old travelers declare that in all this world there's no more peaceful, perfect winter home in which to pass the evening of one's life- than the Beautiful Valley of the Rio Grande."  
  •   "Science proves that the soil or sediment of the Rio Grande is 1000 times richer than the historic Nile in ancient Egypt. Hence no fertilizer is needed."   
  •   The Port Isabel Development  
Loading Google Maps...
Mark Video Segment:
See someone or something you recognize? TAMI Tagging
Click begin and end to mark the segment you wish
to tag. Then enter your comment and click on Tag!
To: tamitags@texasarchive.org
Share this video

Send E-mail


[Hide]Right click this link, select 'open in new tab', and add to bookmarks:
In partnership with:
  • About the video
  • Brownsville, TX  Brownsville, TX 
  • Brownsville Historical Ass... Brownsville Historical Association
  • Texas Locations
  • Keywords
This 1927 film gem is a promotional piece targeted at Chicagoans looking for a winter home or perhaps to relocate to a warmer climate. The answer: The Rio Grande Valley! While it’s freezing in Chicago, it’s summer in the Valley.
Brownsville experienced a population boom in the first three decades of the 20th century, as the population soared from just over 6,000 in 1900 to 22,021 in 1930. Much of this expansion was due to land agents from the area traveling north enticing landseekers to the Valley, playing up the warm climate and available farmland. At the height of this land boom in the 1920s, special trains were even dispatched solely to bring prospective buyers to the area.
In 1947, the Brownsville Historical Association opened Brownsville’s first history museum at Fort Brown. Since then, the mission of the Brownsville Historical Association has been to promote the history and heritage of Brownsville, Texas through educational and outreach programs. The organization also provides programming at its several venues on a year-round basis. These programs include fine arts exhibitions, school collaborations, preservation education, and community pride celebrations.