People out here tend to wave alot. They are friendly. Don't wave at the Border Patrol when you pass them on the highway. They could interpret it as you trying to signal them and that will waste your time. Wave at everyone else. The guy on the side of the road near the Town N Country in Alpine? His name is Ray. That's his thing, to stand there staring at cars. Wave at him. And don't expect for anything to go fast at the TNC. It won't and you will end up frustrated.
Brief History of Alpine
Ancient American hunters and gatherers roamed this area during prehistoric times. However, there were no permanent settlements until the arrival of the railroad in 1882. The first Spaniard known to have passed through this area was Captain Juan Dominquez de Mendoza, who in 1683-1684 led an expedition from La Junta, near present-day Presidio, to the Nueces River of Texas, seeking trade with the Indians and the conversion of souls to the Catholic faith. In 1839, Dr. Henry Connelly, an American trader in Chihuahua City, led a caravan of wagons through this area en route to St. Louis, Missouri to purchase goods for resale in northern Mexico. Within a few years the present site of Alpine was a favorite camping spot of freighters on the Chihuahua Trail. There was abundant water, grass, and firewood at Burgess Springs, now Kokernot Springs. The final segment of the transcontinental Southern Pacific Railroad began in two directions in July 1881. One segment was built eastward from El Paso and reached Alpine in 1882. Another segment was built westward from San Antonio. Alpine came into existence in its present location in 1882 because of the abundant supply of high-quality water available from Burgess Springs, essential for the operation of steam locomotives. Then a town quickly sprang up around the railroad with cafes, rooming houses, saloons, grocery stores, and merchandise establishments on both sides of the railroad tracks. In March, 1887 the Texas Legislature approved a petition of Presidio County to create Brewster County with Murphyville as county seat. An election in January of 1888 changed the name to Alpine, an incorporated city. The primary economic enterprise from the late 1800's until recently has been ranching. Here a 10,000 acre ranch is considered small. The largest ranches often exceed 200,000 acres.