Incorporated in 1910, Harlingen's namesake was a canal-encircled town in the Netherlands the ancestral home of railroad president Col. Uriah Lott. The city changed forever with the start of World War II and the creation of an aerial gunnery school at Harlingen Army Air Field. The Port of Harlingen opened in 1952. Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, is southwest of Harlingen. With Harlingen's subtropical weather, golf courses are open year-round: Tony Butler Municipal Golf Course and the Harlingen and Treasure Hills country clubs. Call 956-427-8870 or visit The Harlingen Country Club hosts the South Texas Junior Classic and Life Begins at Forty Tournament. Other Harlingen events include the Jalapeño 100 Bicycle Ride and the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Visit

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