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Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2011 12:00 am

HARLINGEN — Nancy Aldridge admired a set of colorful and Latin-themed murals in downtown that were moved from California. She said she loved learning about the history of things.

Normally, a walk through downtown Harlingen isn’t a guided history lesson, but for the past few Saturdays, the city has organized historic walking tours to acquaint walkers with the time when Harlingen was taking root.

Aldridge, a resident of Sunshine RV Resort, joined about a dozen Winter Texans for the walking tour, strolling along Jackson Street and past key landmarks, such as the Rialto Theatre and The Reese, in the downtown area.

Cheryl LaBerge, downtown manager, said the tours are not designed for tourists but for any history buffs seeking to learn local history.

Margaret Surgenor, of Ontario, Canada, who is staying at Fun N Sun RV Resort in San Benito, said she has visited the area for more than five years but hadn’t learned much local history until now.

The tour made stops at The Reese, and the Capital One Bank building, which was the old post office located on Van Buren Avenue.

Inside, hanging below the ceiling was a large mural depicting the city’s early agricultural life and social events.

“It really takes you back,” Surgenor said. “There is too much to cover in one tour. I think I might just come back for another.”

LaBerge said the hour-long tours will continue into March.

For more information about the tours, contact LaBerge at 956-216-4910.