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Descendants of Spanish Colonial settlers have been practicing subsistence farming along the Rio Grande for over 250 years. As that same river became the international boundary between the US and Mexico in 1848, landownership and the landscape began to change. As issues in Mexico such as the Mexican Revolution pushed families over the river into the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, many folks established themselves as farmers alongside the new arrivals from the American Midwest in the early 1900s. The guarantee of successful year-round farming was a prominent theme and the Lunas were willing and able to embark on that challenge. As their life in the US began with some time in Los Ebanos, the family eventually found themselves purchasing land and farming in Edinburg. Today Luna family members are still farming in a section of northwest Edinburg fondly referred to as "Lunaville" by fellow farmers.
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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools Program (CHAPS); Bacha-Garza, Roseann; Skowronek, Russell K.; Gonzalez, Juan L.; Bryan, Lorena; Cantu, Evelyn; Cantu, Melinda; Cantu, Myrabel; Castillo, Leann; and Chapa, Amancio IV, "Luna Farming Legacy: A Porción of Edinburg" (2019). Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Publications. 1.