Alvin, Texas Fun Things to Do

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Alvin, Texas is located just south of Houston in the gulf coast region of Texas. Alvin was originally established on land granted to the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railroad. In the 1860s the Santa Fe Railroad established a flag station near the head of Mustang Slough on its Galveston-to-Richmond branch line. Santa Fe hired Alvin Morgan in 1872 to supervise the loading and shipping of cattle at the stock pens. Morgan built the first house in the area in 1879 and persuaded many travelers to settle there. In 1881 the settlement acquired a post office, and the residents named the community Morgan but renamed it Alvin upon learning of another Morgan, Texas. City folklore recalls Morgan’s inseparable companions—a dog, a goose, and a white buzzard. Alvin was incorporated in 1891 and again in 1893.

At least two Alvinites have achieved widespread recognition. Dr. F. R. Winn, an Alvin resident, was nationally praised for his 1898 Cuban Report to Theodore Roosevelt and his eyewitness newspaper report of the battle of Santiago. His distinguished record as medical corpsman in World War I brought international recognition and requests for assistance from foreign governments. Alvin’s baseball superstar Nolan Ryan pitched for the New York Mets and California Angels before signing with the Houston Astros; he finished his career with the Texas Rangers in 1993, having set many major-league records, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Things to Do:

The Great Coastal Birding Trail: Alvin is part of The Great Coastal Birding Trail that winds through 43 counties along the Texas coast. The trail features 308 wildlife viewing sites.

Alvin Historical Museum and The Marguerite Rogers House Museum: Located at 300 W. Sealy these museums are housed in the former Post Office building. Open Thursday and Friday and the first Saturday of the month. 1:00Am-3:00PM. Admission Fee

Alvin Opry: The Opry offers gospel and country music venues on Saturday nights and is located at Eight and West Sealy Streets.

Bayou Wildlife Park: This Park offers a chance to view a variety of wildlife in a natural setting. A tram ride with experienced wildlife guides traverse 80 acres of natural habitat and feature insights to the animals living in the park.

Gulf Coast Speedway: This speedway is the home of the Modified Midget Association with races being held on Saturday nights during July and August.

Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center: This museum features the career of hometown baseball legend Nolan Ryan for Little League to Major League status. The museum has an interactive pitch exhibit, videos, photos, and more. Open Monday –Saturday 9:00AM-4:00Pm. Admission Fee. Located on the campus of Alvin Community College at Texas 35 and Mustang.

When visiting Alvin nearby attractions include Pearland, League City, Angleton,  and Santa Fe.

 

 

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