Illene H. Smith, former Harlingen history teacher, is a member and past president of the Valley By-Liners. Now living in Dallas, she is writing a book about Padre Island.


Padre Island by writers' RoundTable,1950

Gift of the Rio , "Magnificent Padre Island" , by Illene H. Smith, 1975

Gift of the Rio, Pineda Stone Photo, 1975

San Benito Historical Society photos

Rio Grande Heritage,A Pictorial History, by Brian Robertson, 1985

And a very special thanks to:

Mrs. Sandra Tumberlinson, Internet Teacher