Campground Manager Was There At Start
Aurelio Meza helped lay the foundation for one of the biggest RV parks in Harlingen, Texas.
More than 30 years ago, Meza worked for a contractor that laid concrete slabs on which Park Place Estates RV Resort was built, the Valley Morning Star of Harlingen reported.
“But he ran out of jobs,” Meza said. “So I went to see if I could get a job at the park.”
Meza was 24 when Park Place Estates hired him to help build the park.
“They told me to bring my own tools because they were just starting,” Meza, 56, said.
In early 1983, the park also hired his wife Eva and his step-father Ysabel Garcia.
“There were no trees — there was actually nothing,” Meza said of the construction site off Business 83. “It started to grow slow.”
But by late 1983, the first travel trailer rolled in, Meza said.
“I remember the first travel trailers that came to the park were Airstreamers,” he said. “It was popular. They looked kind of weird, like a bunch of aluminum eggs all over the park.”
By 1987, the parked was booked, filling its 760 sites, Meza said.
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