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    Small Town Main Square

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 20, 2003

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    As in all these small towns, the main square is the heart where various activities during the year are held. This part of the city is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and features a quaint marketplace. Formerly these shops were grocery, clothing stores, doctors office and bank buildings.
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    Visit the earthquake formed...

    by haimee Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit the earthquake formed cave at Wonder World.
    Though Wonder World is just blocks from my house, I have never visited but it seems to be a very interesting place. The have a 110 foot observation tower and train ride into a wildlife petting zoo. I can, unfortunately, hear the wildlife from my backyard

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    John Coffee Hays

    by Basaic Written Feb 14, 2015

    San Marcos is the county seat of Hays County which was named for John Coffee Hays. John Hays was a captain of the Texas Rangers and a military officer for the Republic of Texas. He fought in the Mexican-American War and against the Comanche and other tribes. Hays also served as a sheriff and in later years was one of the founders of Oakland, California. There is a nice statue of him on the courthouse grounds.

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    LBJ Museum - FREE

    by Basaic Written Feb 14, 2015

    In 1927 a young college student arrived at what is now Texas State University to study to become a teacher. During his time here he refined his love for educations and formed his commitment to Civil Rights and fighting poverty. Many saw potential in this young man but few would have predicted he would become the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. It was in San Marcos that Johnson announced his "war on poverty" in 1964. Today there is a museum just across the street from the courthouse dedicated to Johnson, especially his early years here in San Marcos. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. You may be able to gain access to the museum at other times by contacting the museum.

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    Calaboose African American Museum

    by Basaic Written Feb 14, 2015

    This building was completed in 1873 as the first jail for Hays County. When a newer larger jail was completed next door this building became the annex where they housed black prisoners. It later became a recreation center and then served as a USO for black soldiers during World War 2. Today it is a museum about the jail and about the early life of blacks in San Marcos. Displays include the "Buffalo Soldiers (Black soldiers in the west) and contributions famous blacks have made to society in science, medicine, and more. The museum was closed for renovations when I was in town but reopens 15 February 2015! Hours are 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays or by appointment.

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    Dick's Classic Car Garage

    by Basaic Updated Feb 17, 2015

    Dick's Classic Car Garage is a museum filled with classic cars that opened in 1980. They have a variety of really nice cars, some of which are very, very rare. They have a Tucker that was one of only 51 made and has only .5 miles on the odometer. They also have the only known Lone Star, the car made in Texas. This is a must see for all car buffs and those who like nostalgia for simpler times. Photo 2 is a 1919 Lonestar. The car was advertised as being made at a plant in San Antonio but it was actually made in Virginia. This is the last known Lonestar in existence. Photo 3 is for anyone who thinks the Chevy Volt is a new and trendy idea; this is a 1918 Milburn Electric Runabout; Photo 4 is a 1924 Stanley Steamer; and Photo 5 is an old racer that held several racing records. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5 PM on Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults with discounts for military, law enforcement, teachers, and seniors. Children under 13 are $5.

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    Veterans Memorial

    by Basaic Written Feb 17, 2015

    There is a nice little park with a Veterans Memorial located along C.M. Parkway in San Marcos. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and their contributions to our freedom and our way of life.

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    The Marc

    by Basaic Written Feb 17, 2015

    The Marc was built as a movie theater but has morphed into a multi-purpose entertainment venue with live music and more. Popular place to go for the college students. May be a bit loud for us older folk.

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    Old Triangle

    by Basaic Written Feb 17, 2015

    Also of interest is the old triangle located on the grounds of the Hays County Courthouse. The triangle hung from a tree outside the courthouse and was used to summon firefighters before the purchase of the San Marcos Bell and supplemented the bell for a while after. When it was retired from that use it was used to signal the end of the business day at 6 PM.

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    The First United Methodist Church

    by Djinn76 Written Dec 21, 2003

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    This is the fist church in Hays County. Built in 1893, the actual building is indeed the third one erected on this site.
    This is a good example of Gothic Revival style.

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    The First Baptist Church

    by Djinn76 Written Dec 21, 2003

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    The present church has been completed in 1928. By chance, I passed there on a sunday morning, at mass time, it was amazing to see this huge parking in front of the church completely full!!

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    Two Little Pals

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 20, 2003

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    These two little pals were inseperable even when it came to fetching the stick in the river... they were having such a great time retrieving the stick over and over again for their owners.
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  • Go shopping at the outlet...

    by KenMore Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go shopping at the outlet malls just outside of town. It's the largest outlet mall in the state!
    I work here at a furniture store called Cassona Home Furnishings.

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    Pool parties

    by deeper_blue Written May 4, 2007

    San Marcos is a student town and is the place to go for pool parties. Have a swim, shoot some hoops, sink some beer, before getting into the hot tub with the chicks.

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    San Marcos Bell

    by Basaic Written Feb 17, 2015

    On the grounds of the new city hall is the old San Marcos Bell. It was purchased by the town in 1890 and was used to call the firefighters and for other momentous occasions.

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