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MARCELINA, TEXAS

Karnes County, South Texas
1 Mile S of Falls City
21 Miles SE of Floresville
SE of San Antonio

Population: Unknown

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Marcelina Baptist Church,  Texas
Marcelina Baptist Church
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History in a Pecan Shell

In the 18th Century, the site was once headquarters of Rancho de la Mora, a supporting ranch of the San Antonio de Valero Mission. Prior to the Civil War, James R. Skiles held title to 1,500 acres of land here and platted a town in 1857 which he named after Marcelina Creek.

Skiles had great plans for the new town and built his plantation home here – with quarters for his slaves and a gristmill on the San Antonio River. The Civil War nipped Skiles’ plans of empire in the bud and the gristmill outlasted the town by decades. A post office opened as Skiles, Texas in the late 1880s. It later moved, forming the nucleus for the future Falls City, Texas.

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Marcelina Cemetery , Texas

Marcelina Cemetery
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Marcelina Cemetery marker, Texas
Marcelina Cemetery Marker
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Marcelina Community Historical Marker
Marcelina Community Historical Marker
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