A Historical Look
Donna is named after the daughter of T.J. Hooks, a man known for his frontier land development efforts in the valley. Hooks started the LaBlanca Agricultural Company in the area, and part of the 23,000-acre purchase was given to Donna. Soon after, three prominent railways reached the area and a town was formed named in her honor. Residents and visitors alike can get a healthy dose of small-town history at the Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum on South Main Street, which offers a glance at the town's humble beginnings and modern progress through artwork and carefully-curated items.
The Great Outdoors
The Rio Grande Valley is a hot spot for birding enthusiasts and Donna is right in the heart of it all. With the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge to the south and La Sal del Rey of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge to the north, you can take in all the wonders of nature with just a short drive out of town. In addition to over 400 species of birds, the area surrounding Donna is also home to spectacular butterfly species, Texas ocelots, and Gulf Coast jaguarundis. If you are a nature lover, Donna will not disappoint.
Celebrations and Fest
Donna plays host to a variety of fun festivals throughout the year, many of which are sponsored by local businesses and directly support the town's economy. Enjoy a tasty BBQ cook-off and kiddie carnival at the Donna Texas Chisholm Trail Festival for a memorable family outing. Support regional musicians and take in some extreme talent at the music festival, held annually at Donna Square Park. In October, you will be able to explore Hispanic heritage at October Fest. No matter what time of year, you are sure to find thrilling activities and celebrations to delight both young and old.