Rio Grande Valley Railroad History

Rio Grande Valley Railroad History

The Rio Grande Valley Switching Company interchanges with Union Pacific Railroad in Harlingen, delivering all kinds of goods from the RGV as well as north from Mexico. 

The “father” of the local railroad in the Rio Grande Valley was lawman and entrepreneur John Closner. You might have driven on the road with his namesake in Edinburg city limits, but his push to bring the railroad had an even greater impact. He arrived in the RGV in the 1870s after assisting with the railroad project in Mexico.

Read more about John Closner and his push for modernization in the Valley here: