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ALPINE , TEXAS

Brewster County Seat, West Texas
Hwys 90, 67 and 118
26 miles E of Marfa
26 miles S of Ft. Davis
22 miles W of Marathon
66 miles SW of Fort Stockton
80 miles N of Terlingua
Population: 5,786 (2000)

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Brewster County  courthouse and former jail, Alpine, Texas
Brewster County Courthouse and Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2002

History 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.

The 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 of Pecos.

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.


Alpine, Texas Landmarks/Attractions/Images

Brewster County Courthouse, ca 1877
by an architect who has since been forgotten. It comes with a matching jail ...
See Mystery of the courthouse architect
Former Brewster County Jail

Museum of the Big Bend
Texas Centennial Museum
Tres Amigos in snow
"Tres Amigos" or "The All-American Cowboy" was done from life, with three real local cowboys posing for the sculpture. It stands in front of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce.
See Cowboy Silhouette

Left - Bob Hext's "Tres Amigos" in the snow
Photo courtesy Keith "Kchisos" Williams
Murals - Post Office Murals and More
Alpine Schoolhouses
Alpine Old Images
Area Destinations:

Brewster County Towns and Ghost Towns
Include:
Brewster County Seat - Alpine
Brewster County Courthouse
  • Castolon
  • Hovey
  • Lajitas
  • Lindsey City
  • Marathon
  • Mariscal Mine
  • Study Butte
  • Terlingua

    US 90 and US 67; Merging Highways
    by N. Ray Maxie
    "These two US Highways merge for 34 miles in far West Texas, mostly between Alpine and Marfa. There, together, they go through Alpine, skirt around the picturesque Paisano Peak and Twin Peaks, both 6050 feet high. Then on to Marfa where 67 leaves 90 and turns south into Presidio, ending at the Mexican border... 90/67 also passes another very interesting landmark. One you won’t want to miss..." more

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  • Alpine Texas snow scene
    Alpine in snow
    Photo by Keith "Kchisos" Williams

    Alpine Tourist Information

    Alpine Chamber of Commerce: 432-837-2326
    Website: www.alpinetexas.com
    Alpine Tx First Christian Church
    The First Christian Church in Alpine
    Photo courtesy
    Barclay Gibson, June 2007
    Alpine Signage
    Photo courtesy
    Barclay Gibson, June 2007

    Depot in Alpine, Texas
    The Alpine Amtrak Station
    TE photo
    Travelogue
    Holly Isn’t 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 Theater in Alpine Texas
    The Granada Theatre in Alpine
    Photo by John Troesser, 2001
    Alpine Texas Forum
    Brewster County Courthouse, and Brick-making in Alpine, Texas - A letter from Tommy R. Woodward, former Alpine resident and West Texas Historian
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