San Marcos Like a Local

Explore Historic San Marcos

September 25, 2018

Did you know San Marcos is considered the longest continuously inhabited site in North America? With a fascinating history that starts around 14,000 years ago according to archeological finds, San Marcos has a rich background you should explore yourself.


Natural San Marcos

History lovers and nature enthusiasts will enjoy a trek into the Balcones Fault Line Cave at Wonder World Park. The only real earthquake-formed cave open for tours, journey through time and see fossilized prehistoric life, interesting rock formations and learn about the Texas Hill Country. Looking for an aquatic adventure? The Meadows Center offers Glass-Bottom Boat Tours where you can see the springs for yourself while a guide fills you in on the area’s unique and rich history. From Paleo-Indian through Historic, San Marcos Springs has been inhabited during every known period of human habitation in Central Texas. Some of the artifacts recovered from Spring Lake, mammoth tusks, arrow heads and more, exhibit just how long San Marcos has been inhabited.


Presidential San Marcos

Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, spent his college years in San Marcos earning a degree in history and a teaching certificate. The LBJ Museum of San Marcos is a must-stop for anyone who loves presidential history. You can also find a statue of young LBJ in the Quad on Texas State University’s campus.


Historical Architecture in San Marcos

Take a stroll through the residential historic districts at your own pace and appreciate a variety of Victorian, Classic Revival and Craftsman homes built between 1880 and 1940. Wander around Veramendi Plaza to see some of San Marcos’ earliest buildings, or learn about the cultural history of San Marcos at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos and the Calaboose African American Museum. And of course, a trip to San Marcos simply wouldn’t be complete without a trip to downtown. So make sure you walk around the Hays Country Courthouse, which was built in 1909 and houses exhibits on the building’s history in the lower floors.


Preserve San Marcos History

From September 25 – October 26, 2018 you can help preserve a piece of San Marcos history by registering and voting for the “Landmark of Hope” project HERE. The Historic First Baptist Church was San Marcos’ first African American church and was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in the late 19th century. The congregation then rebuilt the Victorian-style sanctuary now found on MLK Street.

About the "Landmark of Hope" project:

  • You can vote five times a day, every day, from 9/25/18-10/26/18
  • The top 10 projects will receive funding
  • If San Marcos receives funding, the old church will be made structurally sound and better protected from weather damage.