Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Rodolfo Rocha
Dr. Paul Henggeler
Dr. Michael Weaver
The purpose of this study was to examine the role that John H. Shary had on the economic development of Hidalgo County, Texas. It discusses the promotion of the Rio Grande Valley, and details Shary's life and development business.
Shary visited the Valley in 1912 and saw the potential for large-scale citrus production. After buying land in the Mission area, he launched the commercial citrus industry. Under his leadership, Mission became the leading citrus producing city in Texas. However, before his citrus business flourished, Shary developed and sold land in Hidalgo County. He actively promoted the area and sponsored train excursions that brought in hundreds of Midwesterners looking for a good investment or a better life.
University of Texas-Pan American