Located in northeastern Brazoria County, Alvin was founded in 1876 when the railroad was built through connecting Galveston with Richmond. It was named for its founder, Alvin Morgan. The city has survived 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 a center for diversified industries.
Alvin's cultural aspects are influenced by Alvin Community College. An abundance of parks offer places for picnicking, and for those looking for sandy beaches, Alvin is just minutes from the Gulf Coast.
During the spring, Shimek Gardens on C.R. 237 one mile west of the city is spectacular with more than 800 varieties of daylilies and roses on 4.3 acres. It is definitely worth a drive by. The visit Froberg Farms for home-grown fruits and vegetables. Visitors often pick their own items located on Texas 6 and C.R. 190.