Los Fresnos, Texas

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Los Fresnos (Spanish for The Ash Trees[3]) is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,512 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BrownsvilleHarlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Located in south central Cameron County, the City was named for the fresnos (Fraxinus berlandieriana) scattered in the woods and along streams. In 1912, Lon Hill, an early land owner, formed a company to develop a canal system which would use the Rio Grande to irrigate land for farming. Railroad construction in the early 1900s began to bring settlers to the area, and by 1915 a post office was established. Because of the fertile, irrigated land, farm products increased and with the long growing season in the Rio Grande Valley, farming flourished. Today the city is still surrounded by fertile farm/ranch land. Major crops are cotton, sugarcane, grains, orange, and red grapefruit orchards.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Port Isabel Detention Center [1] is located in Los Fresnos.

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History

Los Fresnos was founded by Leonidas (Lon) Carrington Hill III.

Events

The Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo & Livestock Show held every year the first week in February.

The Los Fresnos Motocross Park has camp sites available at the track to accommodate RV's & Tents. Quads are also welcomed to race. There are categories for every age and bike sizes, such as Mini 50cc, 250cc, Quads, etc.

Little Graceland: West Highway 100. Contains large collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia, including photos, posters, watches, and playing cards. It is operated by Simon Vega, who served with Presley in the Army in Germany from 1958 to 1960.

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