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Hidalgo County, Texas, USA

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Hidalgo County, Texas, United States of America

This project is part of the State of Texas and Counties Project. Please place profiles of anyone who was born, lived, died, or is buried in Hidalgo County, Texas.

For complete history, please see: Hidalgo County, Texas on Texas State Handbook Online website

Parent County/Formed From: Established in 1852 from San Patricio County and Cameron County

County Seat: Edinburg (population 85,456) is the county’s seat of government and the home of the University of Texas-Pan American.

Hidalgo County is located in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States.

  • North: Brooks County
  • Northeast: Kenedy County
  • West: Starr County
  • South: Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Municipality, Reynosa Municipality, and Río Bravo Municipality in Tamaulipas Mexico
  • Southeast: Matamoros Municipality, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • East: Willacy County and Cameron County

Republic of Hidalgo

Hidalgo County was known as the Republic of Hidalgo for a number years during the mid-1800s due to its isolation and ineffective law enforcement. It became a haven for cattle raids and rustling, shootouts, and outlaws from both sides of the Rio Bravo/Grande.

Notables of Hidalgo County, Texas

  • José de Escandón
  • Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
  • Alonso De Leon
  • Miguel de la Garza Falcón
  • Jacinto García de Sepulveda
  • Juan José Ynojosa de Ballí, est. a ranch
  • José Manuel Gómez, est. Santa Anita Ranch
  • Carlota Vela at the Laguna Seca Ranch
  • José M. J. Carbajal, early court reporter
  • Catarino Erasmo Garza
  • Sheriff Alex J. Leo
  • Capt. Leander H. McNelly (Texas Rangers)
  • Juan Nepomuceno Cortina (the Mexican Robin Hood)
  • John Closner
  • W. A. Fitch
  • John H. Shary
  • Otto C. Woods
  • Judge James H. Edwards
  • Sheriff Anderson Y. Baker
  • Charles H. Pease
  • John McAllen, Jesse Bennett, and Dr. Alexander M. Headley.
  • Martin "Big Drunk" Norgraves,
  • Tom (Thomas Wade) Landry (b. September 11, 1924 in Mission, Texas - d. February 12, 2000)

Military Notables

  • Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez, (1946 - 1968 KIA), USMC Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient born Edinburg.
  • Pedro Cano, WWII Medal of Honor recipient, United States Army

Cemeteries in Hidalgo County, Texas

  • Abram Cemetery,
  • Agua Negra Ranch Cemetery, Progreso
  • Anacuitas Cemetery, Mercedes
  • Anahuac Community Cemetery, Edcouch
  • Anciso-Gavia Family Cemetery, Mercedes
  • Andrea Ranch Cemetery
  • Asadores Cemetery, Donna,
  • Balli Cemetery,
  • Bazan Ranch Cemetery
  • Benavides Ranch Cemetery
  • Brewster Cemetery,
  • Hillcrest Memorial Park, Edinburg
  • Campacuas Memorial Cemetery
  • Capota Cemetery,
  • Castillo Family Cemetery, Edinburg,
  • Cavazos Cemetery,
  • Cementerio Anahuac, Anahuac
  • Cementerio Bautista, Mercedes
  • Cementerio de las Burras, La Villa
  • Chihuahua Ranch Cemetery, Mission
  • Cibilo Cemetery
  • Cuevitas Cemetery, Cuevitas
  • Dominguez Cemetery
  • Don Patricio Gonzalez Cemetery (Old Edinburg)
  • Donna City Cemetery, Donna
  • Ebony Grove Cemetery, Mercedes
  • El Capote Cemetery, Pharr
  • El Cibolo Ranch Cemetery, Faysville
  • El Desierto, Laguna Seca,
  • El Rucio, Linn
  • Emmanuel Cemetery (Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery)
  • Fike Family Cemetery
  • Garden of Angels Cemetery
  • Granjeno Cemetery
  • Guadalupe Cemetery
  • Guadalupe El Torrero Cemetery,
  • Handy Cemetery,
  • Hargill Cemetery (Valle De La Paz Cemetery), Hargill,
  • Havana Cemetery,
  • Hidalgo Cemetery
  • Hidalgo City Cemetery
  • Hidalgo County Pauper Cemetery
  • Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Weslaco
  • Hillcrest (Brushwood) Memorial Park, Edinburg
  • Immaculate Conception Cemetery
  • Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
  • :Jackson Ranch Church Cemetery
  • Jaraschinas Ranch Cemetery
  • Jesus Maria Cemetery
  • Joe Fernandez And Wife, Relampago
  • Santa Rita Nuevo Cemetery (Julia Casas-Trevino Memorial)
  • La Blanca Community Cemetery
  • La Noria Ranch Cemetery, Edinburg
  • La Piedad Cemetery, McAllen
  • Laguna Seca Ranch Cemetery
  • Lakeview Cemetery (La Joya Cemetery), La Joya
  • Category:Laurel Hill Cemetery, Mission
  • Lord & I Cemetery, Palmview
  • Los Burros Ranch Cemetery, La Villa
  • Los Ebanos Cemetery, Los Ebanos
  • Ebony Grove Cemetery (Los Ebanos-Mercedes), Mercedes
  • Los Parajitos Cemetery (Parajitos Cemetery)
  • Magic Valley Cemetery, Las Milpas
  • McAllen Mexican Cemetery, McAllen
  • Mercedes Baptist Cemetery, Mercedes
  • Mercedes Memorial Restlawn Cemetery, Mercedes
  • Mercedes Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercedes,
  • Missions Cemetery, Mission
  • Mount Moriah Memorial Garden
  • Nino De Jesus De Praga Cemetery, Linn,
  • Null Ranch Cemetery (Private),
  • Old Edinburg Cemetery, Edinburg
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery, Mercedes
  • Palm Valley Memorial Gardens, Pharr
  • Palmview Cemetery, Palmview
  • Penitas City Cemetery, Penitas
  • Pharr Memorial Cemetery, Pharr,
  • Relampago Ranch Cemetery (Rosalio Cemetery)
  • Restlawn Cemetery, Edinburg,
  • Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery, Mission
  • Rios Family Cemetery
  • Roselawn Cemetery, McAllen,
  • Sacred Park Cemetery, Mercedes,
  • Saint Johns Episcopal, Columbarium
  • Saint Joseph Cemetery, Alamo
  • San Jose Catholic Cemetery, Mission
  • San Jose Cemetery, Mission
  • San Jose Cemetery, Abram
  • San Jose Ranch Cemetery
  • San Juan Cemetery
  • San Manuel Cemetery, Linn
  • San Pedro Ranch Cemetery
  • Santa Ana Cemetery
  • Santa Anita Cemetery
  • Santa Fe Ranch Cemetery, Linn
  • Santa Guadalupe Cemetery
  • Santa Monica Cemetery
  • Santa Rita Cemetery
  • Santa Rita Nuevo Cemetery
  • Santa Rita Viejo Cemetery
  • Shary Memorial Chapel Cemetery
  • Stockholm Cemetery
  • Sullivan City Cemetery
  • Temple Emanuel Cemetery
  • Toluca Private Cemetery
  • Toluca Ranch Cemetery
  • Val Verde Memorial Gardens Cemetery
  • Valdez (Santos), Cipres
  • Valdez Cemetery
  • Valle De La Paz Cemetery
  • Valley Memorial Gardens, McAllen
  • Vela Cemetery
  • Webber Cemetery
  • Womble Family Cemetery
  • Zacatal Ranch Cemetery, Relampago
  • Zamora single grave, Relampago


  • Hidalgo County, Texas on Texas State Handbook Online website
  • James Lewellyn Allhands, Gringo Builders (Joplin, Missouri, Dallas, Texas, 1931).
  • Evan Anders, Boss Rule in South Texas: The Progressive Era (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982).
  • Guide to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in South Texas (Austin: Texas General Land Office, 1988).
  • Thomas Hester, Digging into South Texas Prehistory: A Guide for Amateur Archaeologists (San Antonio: Corona Press, 1980).
  • Hidalgo County Centennial Corporation, The Centennial Celebration of the Organization of Hidalgo County in Texas (Mission, Texas: Times Publishing Company, 1952).
  • David Montejano, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836–1986 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1987).
  • W. Clyde Norris, History of Hidalgo County (M.A. thesis, Texas College of Arts and Industries, 1924).
  • J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh, The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas (San Antonio: Naylor, 1954).
  • Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. David Martell Vigness, The Lower Rio Grande Valley: 1836–1846 (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1948).,_Texas