The Heart of the Big Bend, Texas -- March 5th, 2014
Alpine: It was just an overnight stay on our way to Big Bend Nat'l Park, but we arrived in town early enough to park Tergel at (the very nice) Lost Alaskan RV Park and walk around historic Alpine. Below are scenes from our walkabout town. Alpine began in 1882 when railroad workers and their families made camp along a small creek at the foot of what is now known as "A" Mountain. Situated at 4,475' above sea level in high Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine is the hub of the Big Bend area. It's country mixed with artsy-fartsy and it works. It's also home to prominent Sul Ross University.
Proper-looking Brewster County Courthouse erected in 1887.
One of Alpine's terrific murals.
Inside the handsome old Holland Hotel Building built in 1912.
This painting inside the hotel doesn't show up well (too much window light), but we sure liked it.
Great Big Mural - notice the section to the left of Hoss is almost the same as above painting.
Studying each facet of the mural.
Alpine was a delightful place to stop. Tomorrow morning we'll strike south on Hwy 385 for Rio Grande Village RV Park in Big Bend Nat'l Park.