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Alpine is a city in and the county seat of Brewster County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,786 when census was conducted in year 2000. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles, all of it land.
A Brief History
Ancient American hunters and gatherers roamed this area during prehistoric times. However, there were no permanent settlements until the arrival of the railroad in 1882. Within a few years the present site of Alpine was a favorite camping spot of freighters on the Chihuahua Trail.
Then a town quickly sprang up around the railroad with cafes, rooming houses, saloons, grocery stores, and merchandise establishments on both sides of the railroad tracks. In election in January of 1888 changed the name to Alpine, an incorporated city.
The primary economic enterprise from the late 1800's until recently has been ranching. Here a 10,000 acre ranch is considered small. The largest ranches often exceed 200,000 acres.
Alpine students attend Alpine Elementary School, Alpine Middle School, and Alpine High School.
Sul Ross State University
Alpine is home to the main campus of Sul Ross State University, named for Texas Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross. With years of history and its uniquely beautiful setting, the campus of Sul Ross is a delightful place to wander around. Many of the buildings are now classified as historic.
Take a stroll or drive around Alpines downtown and get a glimpse into the architectural history, dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s. A copy of the walking tour guide/map is available at the Alpine Visitors Center.
Shops and More
Alpine has many unique shops and boutiques. Most of our specialty shops are located in the historic downtown area, with a few others scattered here and there. Choose from fine art, photography, antiques, gifts and souvenirs, books and maps, rocks and gems, arts and crafts and a whole lot more.
Permanent displays of the Big Bends natural and cultural history will enlighten and educate visitors to the area. A childrens corner makes the museum a great place for the entire family. Special showings each month and a fabulous gift store make the museum a must see for visitors to Alpine.
For Rodeo and horse fans, this is the place. The RAS hosts a number of rodeos and horse shows throughout the year. Between events, one might find Sul Ross State University students and 4-H club members practicing in the arena at any given time, making a wonderful morning or afternoon attraction.
Alpine offers a variety of stage performances throughout the year by the two local theatre groups: Theatre of the Big Bend and the Big Bend Players. If you are in Alpine during the summer months, enjoy the outdoor theatre during cool high desert evenings. Live music can be heard every weekend at the Railroad Blues, with a variety of genres represented.
Murals of the City
Stroll through the breezeway along side the Reata Restaurant, between the street and their patio, and marvel at the colorful mural, depicting scenes from the movie from which the restaurant takes its name, the motion picture Giant. Walk down the street two blocks south and youll see another fabulous mural by Stylle Read along the side of Kiowa Gallery.
This mural displays many images of West Texas and Alpine including one of Sul Ross most famous alumni, Dan Blocker. Round the corner and Alpines Rangra Theater is decorated with images of John Wayne, Darth Vader and many other famous move characters.
Parks and Recreations
A pleasant walk through Kokernot Park with its many trees is a great place to relax, have a picnic lunch and let the children roam. A visit to Kokernot Lodge and the Burgess Spring is a true delight. For the baseball enthusiasts, Kokernot Field will take your breath away. Styled after the famous Wrigley Field, this baseball diamond was once home to the Alpine Cowboys, a semi-pro team of the mid 20th century.
Nestled next to Kokernot Park, this 9 hole course is very popular with both residents and visitors.
Distinction of Alpine
Prior to 1959, Alpine was the largest city in the largest county (by area) in the largest state of the Union.