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This past week when I went to Weslaco, I did something different after I stopped at the Weslaco Museum (by the way, the museum is a must go to spot) – I checked for historical landmarks in the area. I had been told about a few places I should go by, but by searching for historical landmarks in the area, it opened my eyes to places I would not have seen otherwise. And then, by going to these places I was able to see more of Weslaco, it’s architecture, and culture.

If you have not seen any of my city stories where I do talk about some historical sites – in just about every one – visit https://www.thc.texas.gov/ to see what is near you. You will not be disappointed in the sites you will see. Even if it is just a marker in an empty spot, there is history on that marker that you would otherwise not know.

Like when I visited Alamo a few weeks ago. I never knew about the train wreck where dozens of agriculture workers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a train – changing train crossings and transportation guidelines throughout the area.

If you really want to have fun on your way back to your summer home, visit https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1582/index.htm, and see what historical landmarks you can visit along your drive. I also invite you to see if your state has their own website with important landmarks.

I think it is fun and rewarding to learn about the communities that I live in and visit. They teach me something I did not know. They also make me have a better appreciation for the area. I am learning to love the Valley and its cities for different reasons, and perhaps more than I did before. I am learning where the little diamonds in the rough are and places I really want to visit again when I have more time.

I invite you to find something else you love about your community. This is something you can do by yourself, as a couple, or with a small group of friends. Take care, and be safe.