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San Marcos in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Calaboose

 
 
The Calaboose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
1. The Calaboose Marker
Inscription. Constructed as the first Hays County Jail in 1873, this small brick structure was later an annex for black prisoners. Known locally as the Calaboose, it became a neighborhood recreation center after the city of San Marcos acquired it in 1885. In the 1940s it was enlarged with a wooden addition and served as a U.S.O. center for black World War II servicemen. In later years, the Calaboose again became a community recreation center.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990

 
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10246.)
 
Location. 29° 52.8′ N, 97° 56.557′ W. Marker is in San Marcos, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is at the intersection of West Martin Luther King Drive and Feltner Alley, on the right when traveling west on West Martin Luther King Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 W Martin Luther King Drive, San Marcos TX 78666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Coronal Institute (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wonder Cave (approx. 0.9 miles away); Post San Marcos (approx. 1.1 miles away); San Marcos Springs
The Calaboose image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
2. The Calaboose
This small brick building is the original Calaboose. To the left of the brick area in the picture is a wooden addition added 70 years later. Behind this brick building is a larger two story block structure that became the jail and sheriff's office replacing the Calaboose.
(approx. 1.3 miles away); McGehee Crossing (approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Col. Ignacio Elizondo’s 1813 Campaign (approx. 3 miles away); Gen. Antonio Gaona’s 1836 Campaign (approx. 3.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Site of the First Town of San Marcos (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Marcos.
 
Additional keywords. Jail
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, World II
 
African American History Museum Sign image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
3. African American History Museum Sign
The Calaboose's latest reincarnation is as an African American History Museum. But, the museum appears to have been closed for renovation for 12+ years.
A Later Jail & Sheriff's Office image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
4. A Later Jail & Sheriff's Office
The building, located behind the Calaboose, it a later jail & sheriff's office. When I first arrived I mistakenly assumed it was The Calaboose and began to think the marker was missing.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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