San Marcos, the county seat of Hays County, is on Interstate Highway 35 twenty-five miles south of Austin in the southeastern part of the county.
The San Marcos River has been a watering place for Native Americans throughout the ages. Mastodon bones and Clovispoints, uncovered in an underwater archeological dig produced evidence that the Clovis Man lived in and around the headwaters of the San Marcos River over 12,000 years ago.
San Marcos was also the site of several Spanish attempts at colonization before it became the center of Anglo-American settlement in the area.
Tarbox and Brown stagecoaches linked San Marcos with Austin and San Antonio and the town began its development as the commercial center for the cart trade between area farmers and ranchers and coastal commission merchants. It also became a center for ginning and milling local agricultural products.
Cattle and cotton production in the area provided the basis for the gradual but steady growth of San Marcos as a center for commerce and transportation.
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