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ALICE, TEXAS

Jim Wells County Seat, South Texas

2745'02"N 9804'14"W (27.750652, -98.070460)
Junction of US 281 and Hwy 44
10 miles E of San Diego
45 miles W of Corpus Christi
86 miles W of Laredo
131 miles S of San Antonio
109 miles N of McAllen
Population: 19,104 (2010) 19,010 (2000) 19,788 (1990)

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Rialto Theater in Alice Texas
Water tower in Alice, TX
Statue of Jose de Escandon y Elguera
R - A recent statue to Jose de Escandon y Elguera
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Alice, Texas Topics:

History in a Pecan Shell
Alice Historical Marker
Alice Landmarks & Attractions
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Jim Wells County Jail next page
South Texas Museum next page
Alice Post Office Mural next page
Alice Cemetery next page
Alice TX - Main Street
Main Street
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

The land dates back to the 1750s when it was part of a Spanish land grant administered by Jose Escandon. Escandon was responsible for establishing missions throughout the area to keep the French from colonizing the area.

Alice would be the first entry in a long list of towns, cities and counties named after King-Kleberg relatives and friends. Alice was the daughter of Richard and Henrietta King and the County was named after the family lawyer, James Wells.

In the late Nineteenth Century, two railroads intersected at Alice, making it the busiest shipping point in the world for beef.

Alice has retained some of the petroleum business that made the whole area boom in the 1930s.

Downtown Alice retains some of it's former dignity - although several buildings seem to have been closed for years. A few buildings reveal their age - while others have been sheathed in plywood and aluminum.

One of them - the Texas State Bank of Alice - was involved with improprieties concerning George Parr of neighboring Duval County - the infamous "Duke of Duval".

Historical Marker
401 East 2nd Street, Alice

Alice

In the 1880s, when the lines of the Corpus Christi, San Diego, and Rio Grande and the San Antonio and Aransas Pass railroads intersected, a new townsite was platted at the junction in what was then Nueces County. First called Bandana and then Kleberg, the town was finally named Alice (for Alice King Kleberg) when a post office was granted in 1888. Homes, business, schools, in south Texas were headquartered in Alice. P. A. Presnall was elected the first mayor in 1904. Alice became the county seat of newly created Jim Wells County in 1911.
(1988)

Alice, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

Jim Wells County Courthouse, Alice TX
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
The Jim Wells County Courthouse
Alice Texas - Cow head, architectural details, SouthTexasMuseum
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
South Texas Museum
McGill Brothers Building
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Alice TX- Old railroad depot
The old railroad depot - still in use
The railroad still plays an important part in the economy of Alice.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
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Alice TX Post Office Mural: South Texas Panarama  details: grain elevators, oil derricks, train and depot
Railroad and depot as depicted in the Alice post office mural
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine June 2009
Alice TX - Rialto Theatre
Rialto Theatre
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
More Texas Theatres
Alice TX - Texas State Bank
Texas State Bank Building
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
Alice TX - Texas State Bank building  star  details

Texas Star
Texas State Bank Architectural Details

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010

Alice TX - Texas State Bank building  eagle
Texas State Bank Eagle
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
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Alice TX - Texas State Bank building  eagle
Texas State Bank Eagle
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
Alice TX - Texas State Bank building
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
More Texas Bank Buildings
Alice TX Old Building
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
Jim Wells County Jail plaque, Alice TX
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
Jim Wells County Jail
Alice TX Post Office Mural: South Texas Panarama
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine June 2009
Alice, Texas Post Office Mural
"South Texas Panorama"
1939
by Warren Hunter
Alice, TX - Texas State Bank
A 1912 building in Alice Texas
Alice, TX - South Texas Museum detail
Railroad depot in Alice Texas
TE photos
Nearby Destinations
Corpus Christi is only 45 miles east on Hwy 44.

Alice, Texas Chamber of Commerce
612 E. Main Street.
Phone: 512-664-3454.
Website: http://www.alicetx.org/

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Alice TX - Water Tower
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
More Texas Water Towers
Photographer's Note:
"According to the alicetx.org website, the water tower, completed in 1927, is the world's tallest cement water tower at 165 feet tall. On May 21, 2007, a plaque at the bottom of the tower was dedicated in memory of Jose Angel De Leon who fell to his death during the construction of the tower on May 21, 1927." - Terry Jeanson, July 2010

Alice Texas Forum
Subject: A Ghost Hitchiker
I have a Ghost Story for you.
There is a story of a man dressed in Army fatigues hitchhiking by the overpass (going into Alice from Orange Grove). The story is if you are going through the overpass at midnight and you see the hitch hiker dressed in army fatigues, (he is trying to get home from the war) you better stop and pick him up because if you don't he will appear in your back seat.

I was a Senior from Orange Grove Tx. It was the summer of 1984. .. next page - Melisa Sammons, August 04, 2005

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