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Welcome to the City of Alton, Texas

About Alton

What does it mean to be a community? Different places have a way to approach this answer. In Alton, we believe we are all integrated into our acquaintances, families, and coworkers. We also believe that a strong connection between the faith-based, political, social and educational service-driven organizations can only help strengthen our commitment to one another.

On this page, you will find an assortment of educational, social, entrepreneurial and other important resources for living in Alton. With our roots seeded in colonies, as well as many of our extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) neighborhoods classified as colonies, we understand the value of helping others help themselves. Here you will find points of contact for school, nonprofits, micro-lending, and other resources that can positively impact your life and that of your neighbor. Lend support or come and check out the services offered in Alton.

Alton Recreation Center

The Alton Recreation Center serves as a community center for the City of Alton. The city can provide a place where nonprofit organizations can offer their services to the community. Through this collaborative effort with local partners, we can offer residents access to leisure and recreation, health, and quality of life offerings as well as a Community Computer Study Room. Alton Recreation Center managers Pavilion, Pool and Facility rentals.

Other important partnerships include:

  • UT Health Rio Grande Valley – UniMovil a medical mobile clinic that offers General primary care for people with low resources or without medical insurance. All ages welcome including infants, children and the elderly.
  • Food Bank RGV which provides monthly food distributions to registered participants age 60 and above.
  • Alton Alumni Association Weekly study group.
  • CDI formally known as Texas Migrant Council Head Start has monthly parent meetings, nutrition classes, and staff training
  • Region One Adult Education Service Center for Adult Education offers ESL and GED classes
  • Nuestra Clinica del Valle – Offers the “Healthy You” fitness and nutrition program
  • Alton Lion’s Club – Monthly meetings
  • Alton Crime Stoppers – Monthly meetings

The ARC is a hub for social groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club, but it also serves as a home base for social services such as the local area Promotoras.


The city is served by three school districts: Mission Consolidated Independent School District, Sharyland Independent School District and La Joya Independent School District.

Mission CISD:

School Website
Alton Elementary Visit Site
Salinas Elementary Visit Site
Cantu Elementary Visit Site
Waitz Elementary Visit Site
Cavazos Elementary Visit Site

Mission CISD Middle Schools:

School Website
Alton Memorial Jr High Visit Site

Mission CISD High Schools:

School Website
Mission Collegiate High School Visit Site

Sharyland ISD:

School Website
Jesse Jensen Elementary Visit Site

La Joya ISD:

School Website
Domingo Treviño Middle School Visit Site

History of Alton

The City of Alton, Texas was founded by citizens and railroad officials of Alton, Illinois and the Alton Illinois Railroad around 1910-1911. During that time, the small township was a stop on the San Benito and Rio Grande Valley Railway also called The Spider Web Railroad. Alton’s land area was well known for its “Caliche” (sedimentary rock) quarries that were excavated and shipped up north for a variety of construction projects.

  • The community voted to incorporate on April 01, 1978, establishing a General Rule Charter
  • A Home Rule Charter was voted for in the May election of 2006.
  • Alton’s population was 4,100 as per 2000 Census
  • As of July 2018, current population is 17,278

As the motto states, “City on the Grow”.

Download a full history of Alton: Alton History

If you have any stories or pictures of Alton, Texas and want them showcased on our website, contact or call the office at 956-432-0760. Your participation in making this web site better is greatly appreciated.


Memorials are an important part of any culture’s history and traditions. With these memorials, the City of Alton assures that great deeds and great people will never be forgotten.

SSG Bradley Espinoza

SSG. Bradley Espinoza of Alton, Texas died on Monday, October 19, 2009, in Iraq while serving and defending his country. Espinoza received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1983, in San Juan, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Army shortly after graduating from Mission High school in 2002.

During his service, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas.

On November 8, 2011, the City of Alton City Commission approved Resolution 2011-20, naming the baseball complex at Sylvia Vela Park after him. On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, the City of Alton unveiled a monument dedicated to Espinoza.

1989 MCISD Bus Accident

On September 21, 1989, a Dr. Pepper truck hit a Mission CISD school bus knocking it into a caliche pit at the corner of Five-Mile Road and Bryan Road. Twenty-one children from the Alton area were drowned and sixty were injured.

Maria Alfaro, Roberto Bazaldua, Jr., Margarita Buentello, Carmen Canales, Elda P. Cruz, Raul Flores, Elizabeth Flores, Abdon Garcia, Armando Gonzalez, Ruby Lopez, Marta Amelia Lozano, Jose L. Ortega, Veronica Perez, Yesenia Perez, Roman Quintero, Apolonia Regalado, Maria Regalado, Anna Rodriguez, David Saenz, Michael P. Saenz and Alberto Vasquez.

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