Modern San Marcos, Texas was founded in 1851 and has flourished for more than 161 years. In 2001, the community celebrated our Sesquicentennial-our 150th Birthday-with an entire year of special events, commemorations and special publications.
But the story of this place and what it has meant to human beings is actually an ancient story-dating back more than 12,000 years! Ancient Native Americans-the Clovis Indians-lived, hunted and fished along the banks of a pristine river that mysteriously burst from underground with a rush of clear, clean water and flowed to southeast.
The mild year-round climate, the profusion of game and fish-and we suspect, the incredible the beauty of this place at the edge of the ancient hills and blackland prairie-invited the Native Americans to stay here continuously through modern times.
150 Years in San Marcos (PDF) is a great historical overview of the San Marcos story produced by the City of San Marcos in partnership with the San Marcos Daily Record and Hays Free Press in 2001.