After the Civil War, the International and Great Northern Railroad crossed through Rusk County but bypassed Henderson.
In 1874, the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad Company built a stretch of railroad connecting Henderson to the tracks running through Overton.
Golfers have two courses to choose from in the Hub City, with the Alice Municipal Golf Course being the larger with 18 holes, long fairways and water hazards.
The other is the 9-hole Alice Country Club golf course east of town.
Ideal Records, which was based in Alice, the heart of South Texas and under the direction of Marroquin became the perfect vehicle for Tejano groups and artists to get their music to the public.
Marroquin, who also owned and operated a jukebox company, ensured that Ideal recordings would be distributed throughout South Texas.
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.
The oil fields in and surrounding Henderson, part of the hugely producing five-county East Texas Oil Field, continue to provide a large part of the wealth of the town, county and region.
The city of Henderson was established by European Americans before the State of Texas was founded. The First Methodist and First Baptist churches were established in 18, respectively.
The first courthouse, made of wood, was completed in 1849.
Some major oil companies in Alice are Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Inc., Weatherford International, Grey Wolf Drilling Company, south division and Alice serves as the headquarters for Dixie iron Works - MSI.
As of 2009 Alice and its surrounding areas have an abundance of wildlife, so hunting, fishing and bird watching are favorite activities, and there are wild game hunting leases available through Texas Parks and Wildlife.