in a Pecan Shell
Osborne was the original name of the settlement
in 1882. It later became Murphyville after two brothers named Murphy registered
the plat in 1883. Finally in 1888 it was named Alpine.
Growth was slow,
but as soon as the townspeople realized that no one had built roads connecting
Alpine to the rest of the world - things started happening. In 1921 they opened
Sul Ross State Normal College which later became Sul Ross State University.
The town incorporated in 1929.
In 1940 the government opened Big
Bend National Park and Alpine naturally became a popular entry point. There's
no doubt that the University
has played a large part in Alpine's growth.
goodly number of students (or what passes for a goodly number in West Texas) at
Sul Ross State University makes Alpine the host to the only fast food franchise
west of Del Rio and South
Someone has arranged
rocks on hills near the campus - to help further identify the town. Normally one
has to travel to a military installation to see such a display.
Photo by Keith "Kchisos" Williams
Tourist Information Alpine
Chamber of Commerce: 432-837-2326
First Christian Church in Alpine|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Alpine Amtrak Station|
Just For Christmas Anymore by N. Ray Maxie
"...Amtrak is the
only way to travel these days. That is of course, if you are retired, not on a
schedule and in no hurry to get any place, as my wife (of fifty years) and I am.
Amtrak passenger trains serve Alpine on a regular schedule in both directions.
We travel Amtrak Houston to Alpine
frequently and occasionally to other far away places. It takes us only one day
of travel each direction to and from Alpine. Obtaining a rental car, we may stay
over five or six days, based at a local motel. The full round trip makes a week
of “senior adult” fun and mostly carefree vacationing for us..."
Granada Theatre in Alpine|
Photo by John Troesser, 2001