This 1927 film gem is a promotional piece targeted at Chicagoans looking for a winter home or perhaps to relocate to a warmer climate. The answer: The Rio Grande Valley! While it's freezing in Chicago, it's summer in the Valley.
Brownsville experienced a population boom in the first three decades of the 20th century, as the population soared from just over 6,000 in 1900 to 22,021 in 1930. Much of this expansion was due to land agents from the area traveling north enticing landseekers to the Valley, playing up the warm climate and available farmland. At the height of this land boom in the 1920s, special trains were even dispatched solely to bring prospective buyers to the area.
In 1947, the Brownsville Historical Association opened Brownsville's first history museum at Fort Brown. Since then, the mission of the Brownsville Historical Association has been to promote the history and heritage of Brownsville, Texas through educational and outreach programs. The organization also provides programming at its several venues on a year-round basis. These programs include fine arts exhibitions, school collaborations, preservation education, and community pride celebrations.