Welcome to the Weslaco Centennial Celebration Website
In Weslaco, our pride stands one hundred feet tall, on six concrete pillars, and wears a crown of gemstone lights. Our El Tinaco, our original water tower, was constructed as a concrete cylinder by the Works Progress Administration, completed in 1941, proclaimed a marvel of modern construction, and in 1982 designated with a marker by the Texas Historical Commission as a testament to a “progressive city.”
And so goes the story how an elevated cement tank built at the center of town became a beacon from the heart of the community.
In 2019, Weslaco will be one year for every one foot, a City one hundred years old proudly identified by a water tower one hundred feet tall.
We invite you to celebrate this immutable legacy of our community, the glorious past, vibrant present and limitless future of the City of Weslaco manifest in resolute concrete. Join us in the Centennial Celebration of the City of Weslaco, planned with year-long community activities culminating with a birthday bash befitting 100 years in December 2019. Be a part of the party already by contributing stories and photographs, serving as a volunteer, or donating to event expenses.
You are as much the history of Weslaco as El Tinaco is a testament to it.
Loretta Barbee, Laurie Cardenas, Robert Donalson, Marta Kang, Mary Mattar, Leonor Medina (Ass’t Secretary), Linda Williams
On April 19, 2016, the City Commissioners appointed sixteen residents of the City of Weslaco to serve on an ad hoc committee to plan and implement programs and events to celebrate the City of Weslaco’s Centennial in 2019. The Weslaco Centennial Committee (WCC) had its organizational meeting on September 6, 2016. The WCC has formed five major committees to carry out its mandate: the Executive Committee, the Programs & Events Committee, the Marketing Committee, the Operations Committee, and the Finance & Administration Committee. With the exception of the Executive Committee, all the other committees have sub-committees to carry out their tasks.
“For the community of Weslaco; past and present, to participate in Weslaco’s 2019 Centennial celebration. This celebration will consist of events and activities that create civic pride, foster community partnerships; honor the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future.” The Weslaco Centennial Committee operates under the financial auspices of the Weslaco Museum of Local History and Cultural Art which is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt charitable non-profit organization.
The Weslaco Centennial Committee meets ever second Tuesday of the month at 6pm at the Weslaco Museum (500 S Texas Blvd.) Meetings are open to the public and residents are welcome to attend.