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.
Location. 29° 52.982′ N, 97° 56.457′ W. Marker is in San Marcos, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is on East Hopkins Street (State Highway 80) east of North Guadalupe Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located near the northeast corner of the Hays County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 East San Antonio Street, San Marcos TX 78666, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Courthouses of Hays County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Calaboose (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Coronal Institute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Post San Marcos (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wonder Cave (approx. one mile away); San Marcos Springs (approx. one mile away); Col. Ignacio Elizondo’s 1813 Campaign (approx. 3 miles away); Site of the First Town of San Marcos (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Marcos.
Categories. • Man-Made Features •
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