Downtown Harlingen walking tours available throughout fall, winter

Downtown Harlingen

Special to the Parade

Experience Harlingen the green and eco-friendly way: on a walking tour of the historic downtown.

Downtown Harlingen announced walking tours on Saturday mornings during the fall and winter. The walking tours will depart from Java Café, 204 E. Jackson, at 9 a.m. and will last approximately one hour. The tours are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis every Saturday except on Jackson Street Market Days, which is the first Saturday of each month. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and come prepared to have fun.

Tour participants will hear about frontier days, mid-century boom times, and modern Harlingen. The tour guide will provide insight on the city’s past nicknames, “Rattlesnake Junction,” “Six Shooter Junction,” and “Howlin’ Gin,” and explain how ice made Harlingen famous. Participants will learn which Jackson Street buildings were the mortuary, the Woolworth’s store, the Piggly Wiggly, and more. The tour includes stops at several larger-than-life-size murals and the city’s smallest park. Even locals will be amazed and entertained by what they learn.

For more information, contact Cheryl LaBerge, Downtown Manager, at (956) 216-4910 or

Tours began October 15 and will continue through March 2012.

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