Alice, Texas

Alice, Texas

View of downtown Alice, the seat of Jim Well County, Texas. Photograph by Terry Jeanson

Alice, the county seat of Jim Wells County, is intersected by U.S. Highway 281 and State highways 44 and 359, forty-four miles west of Corpus Christi. The town originated in the defunct community of Collins, three miles to the east. About 1880 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway attempted to build a line through Collins, which then had 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.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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  • (Bandana)
  • (Collins)
  • (Kleberg)
  • (Los PreseƱos)


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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
18,862 2019 Texas Demographic Center
19,104 2010 Texas Demographic Center
19,010 2000 Texas Demographic Center
19,788 1990 Texas Demographic Center
20,961 1980 Texas Demographic Center
20,121 1970 Texas Demographic Center
20,861 1960 Texas Demographic Center
16,449 1950 Texas Demographic Center
7,792 1940 Texas Demographic Center
4,239 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,880 1920 Texas Demographic Center
2,136 1910 Texas Demographic Center