Alice is a city in and the county seat of Jim Wells County, Texas, United States, in the South Texas region of the state. Alice was established in the year 1888. First it was called “Bandana”, then “Kleberg”, and finally “Alice” after Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg, the daughter of Richard King, who established the King Ranch. Alice was known for its large cattle industry until the discovery of petroleum beneath and around the town in the 1940s, which caused a slight population boom. Today, Alice’s economy is centered on the drilling industry, with more than 100 different oil field companies located around the Alice area. Alice is called the “Hub City” due to its geographical location between Corpus Christi, McAllen, Laredo and San Antonio.