McAllen is located in the southern tip of the state of Texas and in Hidalgo County. The city lies mere minutes from the United States-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. As of 2010, McAllen had approximately 130,000 residents who enjoy a subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters.
A Brief History
McAllen was formed from a ranch owned by father and son, John and James McAllen, in 1904 when the Hidalgo and San Miguel Extension of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway reached their ranch. John sold a portion of his property to the railroad company so they could extend the tracks to the area. A few months later the McAllen Townsite Company was formed and settlers began pouring into the area. By 1911, the town population was over 1,000 and nearly 5,000 acres of land were being cultivated.
These days, McAllen residents do quite a bit of business with their Mexican neighbors, though that has curtailed a bit since the 1980s when the peso was devalued. In their spare time, residents are avid birdwatchers and butterfly enthusiasts, as the town is positioned on the migratory path between North and South America. The monarch butterfly begins a three-generation migration by laying eggs on milk thistle plants growing on McAllen farms. The city is home to a historic Spanish colonial mansion called the the Quinta Mazatlan and is McAllen’s wing of the World Birding Center.
KARAM LAW FIRM & the McAllen Community
KARAM LAW FIRM has been serving McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley for more than 20 years. We are a team of tough personal injury attorneys committed to securing compensation and justice for our clients. We primarily represent clients in auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective product, and medical malpractice cases. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we will fight for your rights in court.