Hidalgo county is one of the most southernmost counties in the state of Texas. The county is named after Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest that raised the call “cry for Mexican independence” for Mexico to declare independence from Spain. Hidalgo county is home to numerous museums like the International Museum of Art and Science, Museum of South Texas History, and the Valley Nature Center. Hidalgo county is also positioned along a major flyway, making birdwatching a very popular pastime in the county. Local cuisine in Hidalgo county is mainly Tex-Mex due to its proximity to the Mexican Border.