Fun Things to Do in Alice

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fun things to do in Alice

Historic Jim Wells County Courthouse

Alice is a city in and the county seat of Jim Wells County, Texas.  First it was called Bandana, then Kleberg and finally Alice after corpus christi Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg, the daughter of Richard King, who established the King Ranch.

Alice originated from the defunct community of Collins, three miles to the east. Around 1880 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway attempted to build a line through Collins, which then had about 2,000 inhabitants. The townspeople were not amenable to selling their land to the railroad company; consequently, the railroad site was moved three miles west, and in 1883 a depot called Bandana was established at its junction with the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande Railway. Bandana soon became a thriving cattle-shipping point, and application for a post office was made under the name Kleberg in honor of Robert Justus Kleberg. The petition was denied because a town named Kleberg already appeared on the post office list, so residents then chose the name Alice, in honor of Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg, Kleberg’s wife and the daughter of Richard King. The Alice post office opened for business in 1888. Within a few years the remaining residents of Collins moved to Alice, which was by then a thriving community.

The City of Alice was known for its large cattle industry until the discovery of oil and petroleum beneath Alice in the 1940s which caused a slight population boom.

In 1948, an incident involving Lyndon B. Johnson’s bid for the U.S. Senate took place at Alice’s Precinct 13 where 202 ballots were cast in alphabetical order and all just at the close of polling in favor of Johnson. Johnson won the election against Coke Stevenson by 87 votes.

 Fun Things to Do in Alice:

Lake Findley…This lake is located in the San Fernando Creek basin, one mile north of Alice and offers fishing.

The South Texas Museum…This small museum focuses on the history and traditions of South Texas.  Exhibits trace life in the area fro Native america to 20th-century farm, ranch, railroad and oil activities-emphasizing pioneer ranch an household artifacts.  Also includes mounted wildlife and livestock specimens.

Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame Museum…This museum honors pioneers of Tejano music.  Located at 213 N. Wright St.

Alice Events: 

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Turkey Throwdown

Road Kill Cook Off

Jim Wells County Fair

Christmas Illuminated Parade

Recommended Restaurants:

Chente’s Restaurant…Mexican…Located at 107 Cecilia St.

Restaurant El Charro…Mexican Restaurant …Located at 1011 W. Front St.

El Jalisiense...Mexican Restaurant…Located at 1915 E. Main St.

When visiting some fun things to do in Alice nearby attractions include Orange Grove, Corpus Christi and Falfurrias.

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