San Marcos in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Old Triangle
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, San Marcos firemen were summoned to a blaze by the clanging sound of a huge triangle which hung from a tree limb at the right of this entrance to the Hays County Courthouse.
The great (55 pound) triangle was made by a local blacksmith from a thick, square wrought iron bar. After the fire department secured a more conventional bell, David M. Dailey remembers that this “bell” was used to signal the 6:00 p.m. closing of stores on the square. As a boy he observed a man emerge from Mutual Mercantile Store on the corner of Hopkins and Guadalupe Streets, watch in his hand, and stride across the street to strike the “great old bell” six times. Mr. Dailey’s family rescued the “old bell” from the scrap heap and preserved it for posterity.
Erected 1991 by San Marcos Historic Preservation Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features.
Location. 29° 52.982′ N, 97° 56.457′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 East San Antonio Street, San Marcos TX 78666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Courthouses of Hays County (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding of the First Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); First National Bank of San Marcos (about 700 feet away); Beverly Hutchison House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Cock Home (approx. ¼ mile away); The Charles S. Cock House Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); The Dr. Eli T. Merriman Log Cabin (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Marcos.
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