Alvin Population- 21,413 Altitude. 51


In northeastern Brazoria Country, city founded in 1876 when railroad was built through connecting Galveston with Richmond.  It is named for founder Alvin Morgan.  City has survivied hurricanes, notably the 1900 and 1915 storms, and a disastrous fire in 1902.  Agriculture and oil-related products sustained the economy for years, but, with its strategic location on the southeastern Houston metropolitan area, and close proximity to NASA, today Alvin is center for diversified industries.

Bayou Wildlife Park-

A variety of exotic wildlife in natural settings roam freely through prairies and woods.  Guided tram ride stops frequently in 86-acre habitat allowing visitors to meet and feed animals.  Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Apr - Aug;  Sep - Mar. closed Mondays, otherwise 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Closed Christmas and New Year's.   Also subject to closing during inclement weather.  Approximately 4 miles east on F.M. 517.  For information, 713/337-6376.



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