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Our Roots Run Deep: San Marcos has been a favorite destination for more than 12,000 years! An underwater archeological dig in Spring Lake at the Headwaters of the San Marcos River uncovered Indian artifacts dating back over 12,000 years to the Clovis Indians, the oldest known inhabitants of the western hemisphere. This is reportedly the longest continuously inhabited site in North America, according to underwater archeologist Dr. Joel Shiner.

Our People: With a population of more than 64,000, San Marcos boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Hispanic, African-American, German, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life.

Bobcat Spirit: Texas State University (fourth largest university in the state with more than 38,849 students as of August 2016). Every day is a great day to be a Bobcat! The university participates in NCAA Division I as a part of the Sunbelt Conference (FBS in football) and some sport is always in season. Join us at a game and help celebrate our Bobcat Pride.

A Walk In the Park: 1200+ Acres - includes miles of hike and bike trails, children's park, skatepark, dog park, and beautiful public access river frontage.

Changes in Attitude, Changes in Latitude: San Marcos is in the perfect location with a latitude reading of 29 degrees and 53 minutes North and longitude of 97 degrees and 56 minutes West!

Just Another Day in Paradise: Average annual temperature is 68.8 degrees and the sun shines 275 days a year!

Hometown Heroes: Just a sampling of the influential, colorful, and talented people who have called San Marcos home:

  • Lyndon B. Johnson: The 36th President of the United States
  • George Strait: Multi-Platinum Award Winning County music superstar
  • Charles Austin: 1996 US Olympic High Jumper Gold Medalist
  • Heloise: Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist
  • Eddie Durham: Pioneer American jazz guitarist, trombonist, composer and musical arranger
  • Ralph, the Swimming Pig: Ralph debuted at Aquarena Springs in 1969 and continued his show business career as an international tourism sensation until his retirement in 1994
  • Tomas Rivera: Internationally known Chicano author who set the standard for contemporary Mexican-American literature
  • Blue October: American Alternative Rock band 
  • Terri Hendrix:  Award Winning Folk artist
  • Kent Finlay: Texas songwriter, cultivator of music talent, lyrical editor and owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse