Welcome to Alton, Texas!

What does it mean to be a community? Different places have their own way to approach this answer. In Alton, we believe we are all integrated in 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.

In this page you will find an assortment of educational, social, entrepreneurial and other important resources for living in Alton. With our roots seeded in colonias, as well many of our extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) neighborhoods classified as colonias, we understand the value of helping others help themselves. Here you will find points of contacts for school, non profits, 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.


The Alton Recreation Center serves as a community center for the City of Alton. The city is able to provide a place where nonprofit organizations can offer their services to the community. Through this collaborative effort with local partners, we are able to offer residents access to recreation, health, and quality of life offerings.

One of our local partners, Buckner International, sponsors clothing distributions and free health screenings in conjunction with Valley Baptist Doctors.

Other important partnerships include:
  • Dorcas Seventh Day Adventist Church provides food distributions
  • Food Bank RGV which provides monthly food distributions to elderly
  • Easter Seals which sponsors a parent support group
  • Texas Migrant Council Head Start which has monthly parent meetings, nutrition classes, and staff training
  • La Union del Pueblo Entero provides ESL classes and citizenship classes

The ARC is a hub for social groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club, but it also serves as a homebase 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

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. During that time it was well known for its “Caliche” (sedimentary rock) quarries that were excavated and shipped up north for a variety of construction projects. Sixty seven (67) years later the small township adopted a General Rule Charter allowing it to become a city. And twenty eight (28) years later the city adopted a Home Rule Charter. Six (6) years later the small city has grown from a population of 4,100 in 2000 to our current population of 15,497. As the motto states, “City on the Grow”.

  • Alton, Texas was founded by railroad officials from the Alton Illinois Railroad.
  • Alton, Texas originated as a stop on the San Benito and Rio Grande Valley Railway in 1911 also called the spider web railroad.
  • 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

Download a full history of Alton: Alton History

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Memorials are an important part in 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.