"Alice and Jim Wells County" Alice Things to Do Tip by Basaic

Alice Things to Do: 3 reviews and 8 photos

  Jim Wells County Courthouse
by Basaic

Alice is a decent sized town of about 20,000 in the South Texas Plains. The town was once the largest cattle shipping point in the world. It was first named Bandana, then Kleberg and finally Alice after the daughter of Cpt King of the King Ranch. There was also oil discovered here in the 1930s. Alice is the county seat of Jim Wells County. Jim Wells County was formed in 1911 from portions of Nueces County and was named for a prominent Brownsville businessman. The courthouse was designed by San Antonio architect Atlee B. Ayres and the cornerstone was laid in 1912. I especially like the distinctive cupola. Alice is home to the world's tallest concrete water tower (which I failed to photograph, sorry)

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  • Written Apr 21, 2012
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