McAllen’s Ranching History

As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, McAllen Public Library has partnered with the Museum of South Texas History to showcase artifacts and archival records pertaining to the McAllen area’s ranching history.

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Collection loaned courtesy of the Museum of South Texas History.

On view in the display cases pictured above are branding irons, a scale for weighing animal pelts, ledger pages showing the unique brands and ear markings used by ranching families, mule shoes, and several other interesting artifacts and items.

Here’s a closer look at the ranching history display curated by Museum staff for the McAllen Public Library:

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Collection loaned courtesy of the Museum of South Texas History.
Collection loaned courtesy of the Museum of South Texas History.
Collection loaned courtesy of the Museum of South Texas History.
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Members of the McAllen Fire Department stopped by the display this week and quickly became engrossed! Collection loaned courtesy of the Museum of South Texas History.

As the members of the McAllen Fire Department pictured above can attest, the best way to experience these artifacts is to view them in person at the Main Library.  This collection will be on display through October 20th.  Come on by and take a few minutes to consider what life was like:  “Before there was a city called McAllen, before there was a county named Hidalgo, and there was ranch land….”

There are many other outstanding collections of artifacts and archival materials that can be seen when visiting the Museum of South Texas History.  Be sure to follow the Museum on facebook, twitter, and Google+ to find out about tours and other special events, and to plan your next visit!


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