At the turn of the 20th century, the lower Rio Grande valley had almost no railroads. The expansion of the railroads to the valley created towns like Harlingen, founded in 1904. Here, home seekers feast on watermelon in what was called the "Brownsville country."
Homeseekers feasting on watermelon in the "Brownsville country," W.D. Hornaday Collection, Prints and Photographs Collection, Texas State Library and Archives Commission. #1975/70-4674.