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

Wonder Cave

 
 
Wonder Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 14, 2012
1. Wonder Cave Marker
Inscription.  In Balcones Fault, created by prehistoric earth shift. Said to have been campsite of Indians and Spaniards, especially priests who planted anaqua trees in area. By legend, robber gangs in 1820s cached Camino Real booty here.

Discovered 1893 for Anglo-Texas by Mark A. and Elizabeth Burleson Bevers, after water well drill fell 158 feet at their home here.

This became first commercially opened cave in state about 1900 when W. S. Davis gave guided tours by candlelight; bought in 1916 for $50 and a gray horse by A. B. Rogers, who spent his lifetime in discovery and development.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10338.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail series list.
 
Location. 29° 52.648′ N, 97° 57.414′ W. Marker is in San Marcos, Texas, in Hays County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of
Wonder Cave Marker, in context image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 14, 2012
2. Wonder Cave Marker, in context
Marker is located over original bore hole where cave was discovered searching for water.
Prospect Street and Allen Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in the parking lot of Wonder World Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Prospect Street, 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 as the crow flies. Site of Coronal Institute (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ulysses Cephas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Eddie Durham (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Calaboose (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wesley Chapel A. M. E. Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Farmers Union Gin Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Courthouses of Hays County (approx. one mile away); The Old Triangle (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Marcos.
 
Also see . . .
1. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. The "Camino Real" referenced on the marker is part of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. (Submitted on March 14, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Wonder World Park. (Submitted on March 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Wonder Cave. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on March 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. El Camino De Nacogdoches
The marker for El Camino De Nacogdoches, approximately 4 miles from here, is an alternate
Ventilation shaft for cave image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 14, 2012
3. Ventilation shaft for cave
trail, parallel trail, but part of the same El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.
    — Submitted March 14, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.
 
Interior photo image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 14, 2012
4. Interior photo
View of surrounding area from parks' observation tower image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 14, 2012
5. View of surrounding area from parks' observation tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 880 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 14, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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