Weslaco is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas. The population was 35,670 at the 2010 United States Census. Weslaco derives its name from the W.E. Stewart Land Company. It was the hometown of Harlon Block, one of the Marines photographed raising the flag at Iwo Jima, and of film and television actor David Spielberg.
Streets north of the railroad tracks have Spanish names, and streets south of the railroad tracks bear names in English as a consequence of a 1921 municipal ordinance which declared that land north of the tracks be reserved for Hispanic residences and businesses, and land south of the tracks be reserved for Anglo residences and businesses. DuringWorld War II, sandbag production reached a peak in Weslaco, and the town declared itself the "sandbagging capital of the world."
Weslaco is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission and Reynosa–McAllen metropolitan areas.
|City of Weslaco|
Weslaco in July 2012
|Coordinates: 26°9′33″N 97°59′15″W|
Weslaco is located at (26.159130, -97.987374).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.8 square miles (33 km2), of which 12.7 square miles (33 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.55%) is water.
Public education in Weslaco is provided by the Weslaco Independent School District, Idea Schools and South Texas Independent School District. There are 4 private schools: San Martin de Porres Catholic School, Valley Grande Adventist Academy, Mid-Valley Christian School, and First Christian Academy and 2 Charter schools: Horizon Montessori andTechnology Education Charter High School. The city also has head start and pre-kinder programs as well as several privately owned day care centers. Continuing education facilities located within Weslaco include South Texas College, South Texas Vocational Technical Institute and Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies. Texas A&M operates two agricultural research centers in Weslaco and the U.S. Department of Agriculture operates another.
The Weslaco Public Library serves Weslaco.