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Chief Placido Memorial Statue

Life was hard for the early settlers of San Marcos, but it would have been considerably more challenging without the friendship and aid of Chief Placido and the Tonkawa. The Tonkawa Tribe lived in what is now known as San Marcos prior to the settlers of the 1840's. Led by Chief Placido, they served as allies and scouts, fighting alongside the "Texians." 

Experience the historical presence of these Native Americans and their pivotal leader, who made their home near present day San Marcos, and whose loyalty and friendship to the early settlers were crucial to the establishment of our home town.

The river was the lifeblood of the Tonkawa and other early settlers and continues to impact the economy of San Marcos today. The statue is placed in a prominent location near the San Marcos River.

Mr. Eric Slocombe, a talented local artist and sculptor, whose work can be found in private collections throughout the Southwest, has captured the essence of the Tonkawa warrior in this work.


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Sculpture Garden

An outdoor sculpture garden located on the grounds of the San Marcos Activity Center.

San Marcos Activity Center

The Activity Center has everything from state-of-the-art basketball courts to aerobic rooms, an indoor swimming pool, racquetball courts, and meeting rooms.

Walkers' Gallery

The Walkers' Gallery is a large, professionally curated gallery that lives in the hallways of the San Marcos Activity Center. Exhibits at the Walkers' Gallery are free and open to the public during regular Activity Center hours.