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Alice Real Estate
Alice, Texas exists today thanks in part to the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway that laid tracks through the area in 1888, connecting its train lines to the Texas-Mexican Railway. Alice real estate is a mixture of farmland, quaint cottages, and newly-constructed properties with room to ranch.
In the 1880s, Alice became one of the largest cattle shipping centers in the world and is still one of the state's largest. One of the main reasons for this shipping center popularity is that all forms of transportation are available in Alice. You can export or import just about anything by your choice of rail, air, land or boat.
Alice was not always named such. In the years leading up to this proper name, it was known as Collins. The mid-1800s was rife with the struggle to gain independence from Mexico while carrying on daily tasks like farming. Collins was close enough to the border to see insurgency but also close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to be able to establish a trade route to nearby New Orleans. This gave Collins a logistical advantage over other land-locked Texas communities.
Living in Alice
By the time the railway engineers came through in 1880, Collins was a proud 2,000 person village. The citizens were not too thrilled about selling their valuable land to the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway. This was the beginning of the decline of the community of Collins. The rail lines built their infrastructure three miles west of Collins, what is now Alice.
Before it was Alice, the train depot name, in the same location, was Bandana. Like its neighbor, Bandana quickly became a thriving cattle transportation spot. When the locals applied for a post office under the name Kleberg, they were denied because of an existing post office with the same name. So, they decided on Alice, the wife of the man they wanted to honor in the first place, Robert Justus Kleberg. Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg was also the daughter of Richard King, the founder of the King Ranch.
Alice, Texas has grown considerably since those early days. It is now home to, according to the plaque in town, The World's Largest Water Tower. The area is also the birthplace Tejano music and features a museum dedicated to the genre. The word Tejano is a colloquialism for Texan, but the music is much more complex. Influenced by Europeans who had migrated to Mexico before the Mexican Revolution, the music's evolution now includes traditional mariachi sounds and rhythms of up-tempo American sounds.
Alice Real Estate
As far as industries, Alice represents a spectrum including oil and gas, as well as traditional agriculture. Commodity crops are still produced on farms nearby. Row crops like wheat, corn, sorghum, cotton, and melons can be seen stretching towards the sun all throughout the year.
A strong community culture, rich with history is the basis of what makes Alice an ideal place to call home. Call us today to let us help you find your place here.