Los Fresnos Texas History:
Los Fresnos is located on a portion of the El Portero del EspírituSanto land grant issued to Jose Salvador de la Garza in 1781. Garza established the Rancho El Espiritu Santo. Garza and other ranchers grazed sheep and other livestock on open ranges until after the Mexican War. Mexican ranch workers lived in 4 area settlements near present day Los Fresnos. The Los Fresnos School was established in 1904. In 1907, land developer Lon C. Hill purchased 14,232 acres of the Espíritu Santo land grant and divided it into lots which his development company sold to new settlers. In 1915, the developers established the town of Los Fresnos. The Los Fresnos post office was established in 1919. It closed in 1921 and reopened in 1929. By 1927, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway completed a line through Los Fresnos. In 1931, the town had 20 businesses and 400 residents. Today the major industries are ranching and farming (cotton, sugarcane, grains, and citrus fruit). When entering Los Fresnos from the east or west on Park Road 100, you will encounter several speed signs that slowly reduce the speed limit; watch them and do not speed or you WILL get a ticket. There is a very good fruit stand on the right side of Park Road 100, just before entering Los Fresnos from the West. A school on the north side of Park Road 100 has wonderful murals on the outside of the building. Los Fresnos is probably best known for its Little Graceland Elvis Presley Museum. Los Fresnos is located on Park Road 100 at the intersection of FM 1847, 21.5 miles northeast of Los Indios, 8.7 miles northeast of Rancho Viejo, 35.6 miles east of Progreso, 51 miles southeast of McAllen, 31 miles southeast of Mercedes, 18 miles southeast of Harlingen, 18 miles southeast of Rio Hondo, 12 miles southeast of San Benito, 19 miles south of Arroyo City, 22.6 miles west of South Padre Island, and 12.4 miles north of Brownsville, Texas.
Do not speed on Park Road 100 between San Benito and South Padre Island (or on the island); you will get a ticket. Note that the speed limits constantly change on the road, particularly in and near Port Isabel, and in and near Los Fresnos, Texas.
Little Graceland Museum: Closed for remodeling July 2016 – Check, but for sure reopen for January 2017 Elvis Festival
This museum is located on the second floor of Simon Vega’s home. Vega served in the U.S. Army with Elvis in Germany. The museum displays Elvis photos, posters and memorabilia. Occasionally Elvis Impersonator contests are held. Every January the family throws the Elvis Presley Memorial Bash which is attended by people from all over the country. Open Thu-Sun, 10am-12pm and 2pm-5pm, or by appointment. (956) 233-5482. 701 W. Ocean Boulevard (Park Road 100). This museum is located on the south side of Park Road 100, across the road from the O’Reilly Auto Parts at approximately 800 Park Road 100. Chamber of Commerce: (956) 233-4488. Email
Ethel L. Whipple Memorial Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 10am-7pm; Fri, 10am-5pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (956) 233-5330. 402 W. Ocean Boulevard, Los Fresnos, TX 78566.