A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 04, 2008
Tropical Playground of Texas (Harlingen nickname)

The city of Harlingen in the lower Rio Grande Valley has been promoted as the “Tropical Playground of Texas.” There are sub-tropical temperatures most of the year, palm trees and bougainvillea, and Harlingen is close to Mexico and the beaches at the Gulf. “Tropical Playground of Texas” has not been trademarked, but the nickname/slogan appears in a mural created in 2004 on the east wall of the downtown Antiques & Artisans Emporium, 123 East Jackson.
Wikipedia: Harlingen, Texas
Harlingen is a city in Cameron County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, United States. The city covers more than 34 sq mi (88 km²) and is the second largest city in Cameron County and the third largest in the Rio Grande Valley after Brownsville and McAllen. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 57,564. The 2005 U.S. Census estimate shows Harlingen had a population of approximately 66,498. 
Texas Online: Harlingen, Texas
Named for a city in the Netherlands; incorporated n 1905. From its beginning a transportation and distribution hub for the rich lower Rio Grande Valley. In the subtropical tip of Texas, visitors are lured by balmy temperatures throughout most of the year, landscapes edged by palm trees and flaming bougainvillea, the nearness of enchanting Old Mexico, and proximity to surf-washed Gulf beaches. There’s almost always a harvest in progress - peas, carrots, lettuce, spinach or cabbage; in winter, a bounty of oranges and prized Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit is returning after the disastrous 1989 freeze; in summer, tons of cotton, sugar cane and grain.
Visit the chamber of commerce at 311 East Tyler Street for details about area attractions and activities. The Harlingen Tourist Center, at 201 E. Madison Street is the social headquarters for winter visitors form mid-November to mid April.
Near the city’s Industrial Air Park is the Marine Military Academy, a prep school dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps traditions, and the Rio Grande Campus of Texas State Technical College.
Harlingen, Texas - Tour Texas Destinations
Harlingen, Texas Visitors Guide
Tropical Playground of Texas
Harlingen, Tropical Playground of Texas, is known for great weather, old-fashioned hospitality, fun and relaxation.
It’s the perfect hub from which to explore or do business in the Rio Grande Valley, including northern Mexico and southernmost Texas.
Harlingen has excellent golf courses and museums, a historic downtown, antiques galore. It’s just minutes away from dozens of world-famous birding hotspots and South Padre Island, the premiere beach on the Texas coast.
Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce
Harlingen, Texas…Right Place – Right Time!
Harlingen, Texas…a great place in which to live, work visit and invest.  Located in the center of the lush Rio Grande Valley, at the southern tip of Texas, Harlingen is where two countries and two cultures meet.
Harlingen’s south Texas charm is influenced by the traditions of Mexico and because of its semi-tropical climate and a variety of leisure year round activities, Harlingen has been given the name “Tropical Playground of Texas”.
Just north of Mexico and minutes from the Gulf Coast, the Harlingen area is blessed with a warm climate and warm people who make visitors feel right at home.
Murals in Downtown Harlingen
Tropical Playground of Texas covers the east wall of the Antiques & Artisans Emporium, 123 E. Jackson. This colorful mural, created in 2004 by John Aretakis, depicts Harlingen activities and attractions, including birding, fishing, golfing and antiquing.
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Recreation And Things To Do - Harlingen Texas
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12/08/2007 6:32 AM GMT
Harlingen TX - RECREATION/THINGS TO DO Harlingen’s reasonably warm year-round temperatures; old-fashioned hospitality, fun and relaxation have earned us the nickname of “Tropical Playground of Texas”. We have excellent golf courses, museums, art galleries, and a historic downtown with tons of shopping. Plus, we’re just minutes away from dozens of world-famous birding hotspots and South Padre Island…
5 May 1931, Brownsville (TX) Herald, pg. 1, col. 6 ad:
This summer, take your vacation in this beautiful, semi-tropical playground, cooled by breezes from the nearby Gulf.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Friday, January 04, 2008 • Permalink

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