Alpine, Texas Community Guide 2019/2020 | Page 18

Alpine, TEXAS 18 alpine Activities There’s lots to do... Alpine Country Club Golf Course: This 9-hole course located next to Kokernot Park is open to the public. Alpine Murals: A number of murals can be enjoyed on a casual stroll along Holland Avenue. Check with the Alpine Visitors Center for a complete list. See pages 10-11. Alpine Public Library/Re-Reads Book Store: In in 2013, the Library Journal named Alpine Public Library the “Second-Best Small Library in America.” Adjacent to the library is Re-Reads Book Store with a great selection of used books; proceeds support library operations. Art Galleries and Specialty Shops: Alpine has many art galleries and boutiques. Most are located in the historic downtown area. Choose from fine art, photography, antiques, gifts and souvenirs, books and maps, rocks and gems, arts and crafts. Brewster County Courthouse Hall of History: Photographs of early Brewster County and Alpine places and people are on display in the great hall of the historic 1887 courthouse. Farmer’s Market: Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon, year- round, rain or shine. In the Hotel Ritchey courtyard at the corner of 5th and Murphy Street. Hancock Hill: The Hancock Hill area behind Sul Ross State University contains 2-3 miles of hiking trails with great views of Alpine and the surrounding area. Points of interest include bicycles hanging from trees and an abandoned desk that was hauled up the hill in 1981 by three enterprising students. Be sure to sign the notebook in the desk drawer. Holland Hotel: Built in the early 1900s with design contributions from renowned southwest architect Henry C. Trost, this historic hotel features all the elements of Spanish Colonial Revival – arches, tile floors, embossed wood beams, and courtyard. Historic Walking and Windshield Tour: Take a leisurely stroll or drive around Alpine’s downtown and get a glimpse into our architectural history, dating from the late 1800s. The tour guide/map is available at the Alpine Visitors Center. Kokernot Park: Alpine’s municipal park includes a walking/fitness trail, playground and dog park. Stroll past Poet’s Grove, where the cowboy poets gather for a chuck wagon breakfast each February, to historic Kokernot Lodge and its outdoor amphitheater. The Lodge was built as a clubhouse in the early 1930s next to the now-dry Burgess Spring, an important watering hole for early travelers and settlers. Kokernot Baseball Field: Styled after Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the field was built in 1947 by rancher Herbert Lee Kokernot Jr. Red clay for the infield was hauled in from Georgia, and native stone quarried