You Are Here!
Over the years, all kinds of people from all over the world have traveled to or through Hidalgo County. Whether by horse, stage, wagon, train, bicycle, bus, car, or truck--people have come here for a while or for a lifetime.
This land has been occupied and seen while passing by Native Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans, immigrants, ranchers, farmers, miners, businessmen, transportation moguls, and tourists. It is rich in history and culture and, true to the state's nickname, continues to enchant.
I-10 connects Pacific to Atlantic and runs right through the county seat. Travelers can stop for a night or fuel up (both vehicles and stomachs). Tourists can leave I-10 to go north to see cliff dwellings and wilderness or south to connect with Old West trails to Bisbee and Tombstone, Arizona. They can walk through two area ghost towns dating back to the 1880's or see remnants of mining towns that still echo from picks a hundred years ago.
Bird watchers find a paradise in the area, as do rock hounds. Hikers traveling the Continental Divide cross some beautiful and isolated county on the trek. Even military and law enforcement personnel come to the county for unique training, where they might work with representatives from all over the world.
Whatever your passion, Hidalgo County aims to please. Explore and enjoy!
Hidalgo County Video
Although some of the information is not current, this video highlights some of the highlights of the county.
What About the People?
Hidalgo County would classify as being "stuck in the past" in many ways. If you meet someone driving the opposite direction, we still do the "pass salute," the tip of the hand straightened up from the steering wheel to acknowledge friendliness. One visitor asked why people were giving him a signal when he met, thinking that there was some secret language he didn't know. The salute is just a greeting, like others around here-a nod, fingertips to the hat brim, a smile. Folks are friendly around these parts.
A lot of people work the land--either by raising animals or by growing crops. They are usually a bit dirty and dusty, but they won't apologize for it. The land here is cherished and kept for generations in a family, and having a bit of it on your boots or jeans is no shame.
Visitors often ask, "What do you DO around here for fun?" Catch a country dance, bird-watch, read, sing, ride a horse, shoot the bull. Many folks around here are very content with watching the sky or looking out across expanses of nothing surrounded by mountains for entertainment. Many residents don't have a TV, not because they can't, but because they don't want one. For those who want more modern excitement, there is usually something going on, too.
One more thing. People will talk to you about the past, if you let them. They will tell you about their great-great grandmother who taught school in one room with 30 students down south. Or their great uncle who spent years on that hill over there digging in a mine to strike it rich. Or four generations back, the town doctor who dug a bullet out of an outlaw. Just nod and enjoy. Those stories are treasures that might not last another generation.
Whoever you encounter, it's likely they have roots here for unique reasons. Hopefully, you will be enriched by the experience.