Alice/Tymrak Farms (Jim Wells County)
An Exciting Day in Alice & at the Tymrak Farms!
We began our day at the Alice Chamber of Commerce where we enjoyed a very informative video presentation about the history of Tejano music and culture as well as a video tour of Alice‘s Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Museum, and Herbie Lopez of Weslaco, Vice President of the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Museum also spoke to us.
We then traveled to the South Texas Museum in downtown Alice, the Alamo-like building that was once the McGill Brothers Ranch Headquarters, for a tour showcasing the ranching heritage of Jim Wells County. One of the most unique features of the museum is the directors office ~ it is located inside the safe that once held the accounting books of the McGill Brothers Ranch.
While at the museum, local artisan Servando Hinojosa presented some of his art creations influenced by his Tejano heritage. Mr. Hinojosa also showed us a copy of the mural, depicting the history of Alice and Jim Wells County, that he one day plans to paint in the planned addition to the museum.
For lunch, our afternoon educational programs and business meeting, we drove west of Alice to Tymrak Farms, once the site of the John Dunn Ranch. Joyce Dunn and Jan Dunn Tymrak, sisters and descendants of John Dunn, hosted our lunch in the spacious ranch home.