Alvin, birthplace of legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan (New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers) is a city in Brazoria County, Texas. As of the 2010 census, Alvin’s population was just over 24,000, and Alvin Community College boasts the Nolan Ryan Museum.
Alvin was established in the mid-1800s and expanded in large part due to the Santa Fe Railroad. Named after Alvin Morgan, Alvin was officially incorporated in 1893, making it the oldest town in Brazoria County. In the late 1970s, Tropical Storm Claudette doused Alvin with 43 inches in 24 hours, the most rainfall in a one-day span in the history of America.
Schools in Alvin include Shadow Creek High School, Manvel High School, Alvin High School, Alvin Junior High School, Fairview Junior High School, G.W. Harby Junior High School, Rodeo Palms Junior High School, Golda Hood-Bobbie Case Elementary School, Melba L. Passmore Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School, Dr. James “Red” Duke Elementary School, Glenn York Elementary School, Alvin Elementary School and Walt Disney Elementary School.
Notable residents/groups include By the End of Tonight, Douglas Duncan, Randy Weber, Gary Keithley, Joe Ferguson, Nathan Eovaldi and the aforementioned Nolan Ryan. The city was even featured in CMT’s Trick My What?
The Alvin Municipal Courthouse is located at 216 W Sealy Street in Alvin, Texas, 77511.