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Jim Wells County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 40,838. Its county seat is Alice.
The county was found in 1911 and is named for James B. Wells, Jr. (1850-1923), for three decades a judge and Democratic Party political boss
in South Texas.
Jim Wells County comprises the Alice, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX Combined Statistical Area.
James Babbage Wells Jr., a powerful politician in southern Texas
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Jim Wells County is a county located in the US state of Texas. Its county seat is Alice. The county is named for James Babbage Wells Jr., a political boss in southern Texas.
Handbook of Texas Online
Because of the long distance residents had to travel in order to conduct business at the county seat in Corpus Christi, they petitioned for the formation of a separate county. The request was approved by the legislature in early 1911, and the county's first commissioners' court meeting was held on March 18, 1911. The new county was formally organized in 1912, and named for James B. Wells, Jr., who played an important role in the economic development of the lower Rio Grande valley. When the county was established, its population of 887 was chiefly resident in Alice, which was made county seat. Jim Wells County was divided into school districts in 1914. By 1920 the population was estimated at 6,587 More at
Alicia A. Garza, "JIM WELLS COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcj07), accessed January 24, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 868 square miles (2,249 km2), of which, 865
square miles (2,239 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (10 km2) of it (0.43%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: