Alief History

A Brief History of Alief

  • 1861 -- A flood prone prairie known as Dairy, located 15 miles Southwest of Houston at the Brays Bayou headwaters, had farms for rice, corn, cattle, cotton and diary
  • 1889 -- San Antonio & Aransas Pass RR granted right of way. In 1904 a depot was built on High Star where the AISD stadium is now located
  • 1894 -- Dr John Magee, DDS and his wife Alief Ozelda Morris  settled in Dairy
  • 1896 -- Alief was named postmistress and the U.S. Post Office was established in their home. Population: 25. First school built (2 rooms, grades 1-7)
  • 1987 -- This postal area was named Alief, not Dairy to avoid confusion with another town called Daisy.
  • 1899 -- Mrs. Alief Magee died and was buried on their home property, reinterred in the Alief Cemetery at the corner of Bellaire Boulevard and Dairy-Ashford Road in 1935.
  • 1900 -- Alief was again devastated by The GREAT hurricane (which destroyed Galveston). Most of Alief's 30 families fled; many returned by 1904
  • 1905 -- Alief Cotton Gin opened on Alief Clodine Rd., later The Red Barn Picture Framing business until 2003, when it was razed so the land could be used as a retention pond for the Westpark Toll Road
  • 1906 -- Nancy Lloyd, first woman elected to Dairy School board.
  • 1909 -- Harris County Flood Control District established here.
  • 1911 -- Alief Independent School District established; built a 3-story school.
  • 1912 -- Mr. A.J. Martin (an elementary school is named for him) built a home on Cook Road. Its grounds have held the Alief Pet Cemetery since 1917.
  • 1917 -- Dairy School District became an I.S.D. and was renamed Alief. Hastings family (storekeepers) became postmasters. (The first Alief high school was named after him.)
  • 1926 -- 11th grade added for the school district
  • 1935 -- Electric service brought to Alief. Population between 150 - 200
  • 1940 -- 12th grade added for the school district
  • 1943 -- Telephone service brought to Alief
  • 1977 -- Houston began annexing areas of Alief which are now within the Super Neighborhood boundaries
  • 2000 -- Alief Super Neighborhood #25 was recognized by the Mayor's Office in a ceremony on June 22, 2000.

Alief I.S.D boundaries:
North - Westheimer; East - Gessner; South and West - Ft. Bend County

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