The area acquired its name from a railroad employee who
homesteaded it. It became an incorporated city in 1893.
Farming soon challenged ranching as strawberry, pear, and
fig crops took hold. Some of the best strawberries are still
grown as a cash crop in Alvin today.
Like League City to the east, Alvin sports old growth Live
Oaks in abundance. Unlike many of its nearby cities, Alvin
has maintained its rural qualities. Continuing in the
cattle ranching tradition is one of the finest baseball
players of all times, who still calls it his home town.
To get from Houston
to Alvin, most people travel on the "Nolan Ryan