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

Thompson's Islands

Thompson's Islands Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, May 11, 2020
1. Thompson's Islands Marker
Inscription.  William A. Thompson brought his family and slaves to Texas from Louisiana in 1850. They established plantations in Caldwell and Hays counties. With slave labor, the family built a mill on the San Marcos River near this site. Construction and operation of the mill resulted in the creation of three land masses in the river channel which became known as Thompson's Islands. The land remained in the family for generations, and the mill, which provided power for local lumber operations and a cotton gin, became an important element in the area's economy.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10331.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 29° 52.177′ N, 97° 55.724′ W. Marker is in San Marcos, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is on Cape Street (County Road 299) west of River Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Marcos TX 78666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured
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as the crow flies. Thompson's Island Homeplace (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rio Vista Dam (approx. 0.6 miles away); Southside School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Farmers Union Gin Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wesley Chapel A. M. E. Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Dr. Eli T. Merriman Log Cabin (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Charles S. Cock House Museum (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mexican War Camp at San Marcos (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Marcos.
Thompson's Islands Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, May 11, 2020
2. Thompson's Islands Marker Area
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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