Located in south central Cameron
County, the City was named for the Fresnos (ash) trees
scattered in the woods and along streams. In 1912, Lon
Hill, an early land owner, formed a company to develop a canal
system which would use the Rio Grande River to irrigate land for
farming. Railroad construction in the early 1900s began to
bring settlers to the area, and by 1915 a post office was
established, Because of the fertile, irrigated land,
farm products increased and with the long growing season in the
Valley, farming flourished. Today the city is still
surrounded by fertile farm/ranch land. Major crops are
cotton, sugar cane, grains, orange, and red grapefruit orchards.
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