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    Calaboose African American History Museum

    Downtown | Letters, books, photographs and antique artifacts cover all aspects of African American life in early Texas, as visitors chart a rarely-told history of heroism in the Calaboose African American History Museum.

     “Calaboose,” was common word for jail when Hays County’s first jailhouse was build during the reconstruction period in 1873.

    In 1943, an extension was added to create a USO dance hall for black soldiers. In 1954, it was again converted into a community center for Dunbar residents. And in 1990, it grew into one of our treasures, the Calaboose African American History Museum. Special exhibits include displays relating to the Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, WWII Military, Civil Rights, Ku Klux Klan, and San Marcos area history.  

    Currently housed in the Calaboose African American History Museum is a wealth of memorabilia from locally born jazz pioneer Eddie Durham. Plans are in the works for a stand-alone Eddie Durham Museum, paying tribute to the dreams and achievements of one of San Marcos’ most accomplished native sons.

    Hours:
    Thursday: 11:00am-6:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am-6:00pm
    Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm
    Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
    Monday-Wednesday: CLOSED


    What's Near Here?

    Eddie Durham Park

    Park features include band shelter, park benches and a small domino pavilion.

    Buzz Mill

    Downtown | Buzz Mill features a full food menu, a variety of house-infused liquors, a large beer selection, a variety of vegan items and coffee from Austin-based Barrett’s Coffee.

    Hops & Grain

    Downtown | Hops & Grain San Marcos is a craft brewery which produces clean lagers and hop-forward beers. The brewery and taproom is located in downtown San Marcos, just two blocks from the downtown square.