Thanks to the efforts of Sergio Mujica, systems analyst with the City of Harlingen, those interested in Harlingen history now have ready access to a wealth of information.

Sergio has established a link under the My Harlingen website (

Go to this address and click on Departments, then click Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum in the index. Clicking on this link will open your digital world to a wealth of information on numerous facets of Harlingen.

Under this category will be found a link titled The Harlingen of History, a compilation by Norman Rozeff.

First there is Rozeff’s “The Chronological History of Harlingen”.

Its 343 pages opens with the Pre-historic Harlingen area then moves decade by decade through the year 2009. In addition there is a 62-page index of over 3400 surnames noted within the chronology.

Then there are a considerable number of Harlingen history articles, a number of which have appeared in the Valley Morning Star’s Sunday Rio Living page going back over a decade.

Following is an index of the articles available:

African Americans:

African Americans in Harlingen and the Valley


1930 U.S. Census Information for Maria Mendoza of Harlingen A Special Remembrance for Dr. Alfredo “Fred” Muñiz

Adams Gardens Connections — Balli to Berly

African Americans in Harlingen and the Valley

Alfred Tamm bio notes

Anglin Family History

Aaron Godfrey

Betty Murray information

Betty Murray writeup for VMS

Betty Nosler Murray

Bill Haley’s Comets

Boggus Family Excerpts

Bonnie Burney Notes as Gleaned from the Harlingen Telephone Directory

Butt House History & THC Marker

Charles F. Perry in Harlingen History

Characterizing Harlingen People

Chaudoin and Cocke Families Tidbits

Dallal Family Information as compiled by Norman Rozeff

Dr. Davidson Memories

Dr. Franklin Morris Family Data

Dr. Paul L. Maxwell and a Military Client

Dr. Paul l. Maxwell Information

Dr. Thacker Resume

Ed Carey History

Elizandro Munoz Jr bio

Emery William Watts in Harlingen

Famed Sculptor, Lincoln Borglum, Farmed Here

F. Z. Bishop, Harlingen Developer

Former Zavala Elementary School Principal Dies

Fran Fullenwider more at IMCDbPro

Frank Joseph Mares and Thomas R. Joseph Information

Gilbert Family Notes

Goodykoontz Tidbits

Harlingen Cemetery Material

Harlingen’s Distinct Cultural Heritage

Harlingen Entertainment Figures

Hext Family in Harlingen Information

Hugh Ramsey biographical information

Hugh Ramsey—A Man for His Times

Information on Santos Garcia

James Henry Dishman and His Mother

Jensen family in early Harlingen

Jo Rae Wagner bio

John James and the Valley Bus Line

John W. Gardner, Harlingen Photographer

Journal of Luvenia Bloss Pace

Levine Family of Harlingen and Louis Levine in Particular

Lon C. Hill for VMS

Lozano Building and Harlingen

Lucas Family in Harlingen

Luvenia’s Journal

Matt & Patty Gorges Walk of Fame submission

Matz Historical Preservation Society speech

McLoed and Hood Biographical

Miller V. Pendleton Facts

Minnie B. Gay Biographical

Mrs. J. C. Lewis, An Unselfish Humanitarian

Nava and Ruiz Families in Harlingen

New York Store and The Diana Shop

Obituary for Charles Bock Sr.

Osco Morris Biography

P. C. Shockey – A Forgotten Early Harlingen Photographer

Prominent Jewish Families of Harlingen

Randolph Scott

Rogelio Agrasanchez Jr

Rose Wilder Lane, Liberty’s Belle Lived in Harlingen

Ross-Bobo House History

Roy Reese Search

Ruth Scanlin Roach

S. A. Thompson, Harlingen Mayor and His Daughter Vera

Stuart Place, complete

Sul Ross and Son Lawrence Sullivan Ross Genealogy

Sul Ross’s Civil War Action and More

The Anderson Family of Harlingen and the Manhattan Cafe

Thomas F. Lee and Leeland

Tichenor Family Material



Tortilla Masters of Harlingen

Two Famous Architects of Harlingen—John York and Alan Taniguchi

Vallejo and Garza, Wright Street Families

Verna Jackson McKenna

Verser House

Weller Family in Harlingen

Weller Family, Texas, Genealogy

William H. Wheaton History

Business and Occupancy:

A Postcard Exploration of Early Downtown Harlingen

101E. Jackson History

102 East Harrison and Its History

109 and 111 East Jackson Street, Harlingen, Occupancy History

112 E. Jackson, Its Occupancy History

200 Block E. Monroe North Side History

200 Block South Side E. Jackson Occupancy History

201 N. 1st Street, Its Occupancy History

202 W. Jackson Occupancy History

206 &208 West Jackson, Harlingen, Their Occupancy History

209 East Jackson History

210 W. Jackson, Some History

213 N. 1st Occupancy

219 East Jackson Street, Its History

302 W. Harrison, Occupany History

322-324 West Van Buren, Its History

606 W. Monroe Occupancy History

616 E. Harrison—Its History

Acetylene Oxygen Company History in Harlingen Background on cold storage building on North Commerce Street, Harlingen

Baxter Building History

Bennett Fire Station and Plaza Hotel History

Bowling Facilities in Harlingen

Brick Kiln Located

Cinema in Harlingen

Cooling Plants History in Harlingen

Diary of a Boundary Dispute Involving the Harlingen Army Air Field

EMAIR-When Giants Roared in Hanger 38

Faded History Comes to Life

Five and Dime Stores of Harlingen

Grande Theatre

Harlingen’s First Multi-story Elevator

Harlingen Downtown Map pdf

Harlingen Hardware History

Harlingen Skyscraper History

Harlingen Telephones and Directories

John James and the Valley Bus Line

John W. Gardner, Harlingen Photographer

Jones Moving Company Celebrates

Letzerich Building, Likely Harlingen’s Oldest Existing Commercial Building

Lozano Building and Harlingen

Major Facelift Creates a Beauty

Monroe and Madison Apartments Information

New York Store and The Diana Shop Occupancy History of 110-118 West Jackson Street

Old Harlingen Buildings

Purveyors of TEX-MEX Food

Radio & Television Excerpts

Reese-Wil Mond Hotel History

Roberts Jewelry Honors

Roberts Jewelry Text

Runyon Photo of N. Commerce Explained

S. Lozano Building History

Sorrento Restaurant History

Sun Valley Shopping Center History

Texas Historical Commission Award of Excellence in Media Achievement

TEX-MEX Distinct Cultural Heritage Texas Treasure Business Awards

The Anderson Family of Harlingen and the Manhattan Cafe

The Elrod Gin

Tip O’ Tex Courts

Tortilla Masters of Harlingen

Valley Morning Star Chronology

Verser House

VMS & print media chronology

VMS Media Award

Weed Kindergarten School and Valley Ice Cream Company