San Marcos in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
San Marcos Springs
The abundance of fresh water made these springs a mecca for the Indians who inhabited Central Texas and later for the European explorers and settlers who followed. The name San Marcos was first given to a Texas river by the Alonso de Leon Expedition on April 26, 1689 (Saint Mark's Day). The name was not applied to the present river, however, until 1709. Other explorers inspected this area and in 1755 it became a temporary site for several Spanish missions.
Almost a century later, in 1845, pioneers William W. Moon and Mike Sessom made a permanent settlement here. In 1851 Gen. Edward Burleson, William Lindsey, and Eli T. Merriman bought the adjacent land and on it laid out the town of San Marcos.
Attracted by the scenic beauty of the area, A. B. Rogers started a park here in 1926. Over the years it has been developed into “Aquarena Springs”, one of Central Texas' most popular tourist attractions.
Erected 1971 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 29° 53.637′ N, 97° 55.739′ W. Marker is in San Marcos, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Lake and West Laurel Street, on the right when traveling west on Spring Lake. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 951 Aquarena Springs 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. Post San Marcos (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Calaboose (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Coronal Institute (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wonder Cave (approx. 2 miles away); Col. Ignacio Elizondo’s 1813 Campaign (approx. 3 miles away); Site of the First Town of San Marcos (approx. 3.2 miles away); Don Felipe Roque de la Portilla (approx. 3.2 miles away); Charles Lewis McGehee Cabin (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Marcos.
Also see . . .
1. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University. (Submitted on September 22, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Historical Overview of San Marcos Springs. Overview (Submitted on September 22, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
3. National Geographic video on archaeological research at Spring Lake. Researchers are exploring freshwater springs in Texas that date back to the end of the last ice age. Spring Lake, near San Marcos, Texas, is unique because it was dammed 150 years ago, creating an underwater archaeological preserve. (Submitted on September 22, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Categories. • Hispanic Americans • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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