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Entry from December 03, 2010
Land of Two Summers (Alamo city nickname)

The city of Alamo, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, is a popular destination for Winter Texans. Alamo has been nicknamed “Land of Two Summers,” cited in print since at least 1978.


Wikipedia: Alamo, Texas
Alamo, Texas, in what is nicknamed the “Land of Two Summers,” is a town in the irrigated area of southern Hidalgo County, Texas. This town was incorporated in 1924, and it was named for the Alamo Land and Sugar Company, is 240 miles south of the more famous Texas Alamo Mission, and is near the Mexico-U.S. border. It is located in an area of abundant vegetable farming and citrus groves, and it is a noted winter resort/retirement town. Alamo is also one of the Rio Grande Valley’s gateways to Mexico, via U.S. Route 281 and Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas. Alamo’s population was just 14,760 at the time of the 2000 U.S. Census. In 2009, the population was 17,526.

Alamo is supposedly a part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area.

Alamo Chamber of Commerce
Welcome Winter Texans
Alamo, Winter Resort in The Land of Two Summers

City of Alamo - Visitor Information
Land of Two Summers - Winter Texans
Winter Texans and other visitors total 34,000 per year.  Every winter, 20,000 Winter Texans live up to eight months in Alamo.  Most of them stay in recreational vehicles of in mobile homes at many Winter Texan parks.  Others maintain homes in the city or at Alamo Country Club, which boasts 500 homes around a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and club house (club facilities are not open to the public).

Alamo Economic Development Corporation
A Lil History on the City of Alamo, TX
The City of Alamo, incorporated in 1924, is located in the South Texas area known as the Rio Grande Valley, which is really a delta off the Rio Grande River, consisting of four counties: Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron. Nicknamed the “Land of Two Summers” and referred to as the “The Refuge of the Valley,” The City of Alamo is situated almost directly in the center of Hidalgo County, in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. The term “Alamo” is the name meaning “Cottonwood tree” originally given by the Spanish speaking people and ancestors of the land to a native tree that grows along the Southwest. A welcoming sight to pioneers to the Rio Grande valley desert caravans and settlers, because the tree often signified water or could be used as wood and shelter and has recorded trunk growth of about 3 feet in diameter up to 50, 60 or approximately 90 feet in height. A stable icon for growth and stability.

The City of Alamo has no direct relation to the Alamo located in San Antonio, which was made famous by the legendary “Battle of the Alamo”, in where the great Mexican-American Revolution took place concerning Texas, and they are often mistranslated due to the same term.

Texas Recreational Vehicle Association - Rio Grande Valley Chapter
We invite you to
come and join the thousands of people
who come to South Texas to enjoy
The Rio Grande Valley
“The Land of Two Summers”


Google Books
Rand McNally Vacation & Travel Guide
By Rand McNally and Company
Chicago, IL: Rand McNally
1978
Pg. 197:
The Lower Rio Grande Valley is a major destination for Winter Texans. This is the “land of two summers,” where orange blossoms scent the air in November, blankets of brilliant bougainvillea festoon Spanish-style homes, and stately Washingtonian palms march beside the highways.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, December 03, 2010 • Permalink