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MARLIN, TEXAS

Falls County Seat, Central Texas North
Hwy 7 & Hwy 6, 25 miles E of I-35
26 miles SE of Waco
59 miles N of College Station
102 miles NE of Austin

Population 6,628 (2000) 6,386 (1990)

Marlin, Texas Area Hotels> Waco Hotels
Artesian spring in Marlin, Texas
Men drinking from hot artesian spring in Marlin, circa 1920
Old postcard

Marlin History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named after early settler John Marlin, the County after the falls of the Brazos River. County was originally part of Milam and Limestone.

A hot artesian spring was struck by accident in 1893 and the town became known for its curative waters. This was the era of health awareness (people became aware of how little they had) and what better excuse was there for leaving home, than "taking the cure" in Marlin? Even today you can drink from a fountain from that era, right next to the Chamber of Commerce Office. You can soak your feet too, and they've thoughtfully provided a separate facility for that purpose. Water has a tendancy to purge and locals have timed it's effects at 43 minutes.

Marlin Landmarks / Attractions:

1939 Falls County courthouse., Marlin Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson December, 2005
Falls County Courthouse
The Falls Hotel, Conrad Hilton's Eighth

"I guess you know the history of this famous old hotel in Marlin. It had a tunnel going to a bathhouse across the street. The bathhouse is gone and the tunnel has been blocked off.

During the depression I stood on the sidewalk just to the left of the entrance way shelter and watched a "human fly" scale the wall. I don't know how high he climbed because I couldn't stand to watch the full ascent. I believe the only thing he received from his daring act was the net proceeds from a passed hat. I heard that he told someone when it was all over that the biggest danger he faced was starving to death." - George Lester, May 18, 2004
Marlin Texas, Falls Hotel
Palace Theater and Palace Cafe, Marlin, Texas
Palace Theater &
Palace Café

The Movies in 1930s Marlin :
A memoir by George Lester

Hamburgers at the Café were a nickel or a dime - depending on who was eating them. more

Left top - Fall Hotel today.
Photo courtesy George Lester, 5-2004
Left middle - Fall Hotel
Old post card, TE archive
Left bottom - Palace Theatre ,
TE photo 2003

Marlin historic downtown has many antique sources
Falls on the Brazos Park has canoeing, camping and fishing ( Any Marlins caught must be released).

Brick Collectors can find Marlin Bricks at downtown antique stores.

The Falls County Historical Museum
Hour: Mondays and Fridays 1-4 P.M.
Phone: 245-883-910.

Falls County is also home to Rosebud and Spunky Flat.

Blue Ridge Baptist Church Marlin  Texas
Blue Ridge Baptist Church in SE Marlin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2005
St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Marlin Texas
St. Paul's United Church Of Christ north of Marlin
Photo courtesy Michael Baxter, 2007
St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Marlin Texas
Another view of St. Paul's United Church Of Christ
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2005
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Marlin, Texas Chronicles
  • Hot Air Verses by Mike Cox
    Back when Dr. John Walter Torbett practiced medicine in Marlin, his patients could buy his “Hot Air Verses from the Hot Water Town” from him for a quarter or at the local Renfro Drug Store. The 88-page softcover booklet offered a mixture of the good doctor’s doggerel and medical advice that for the most part rings surprisingly true more than a century after he published it.
  • Common Sense Justice in Marlin by Mike Cox
    “Battery Dan” Finn's renown for putting “equity before the law,” seems to have come to the judicial notice of Marlin’s mayor, F. S. Heffner...
  • Bring Me the Head of My Least Favorite Nephew by John Troesser
    Getting what you wish for in Marlin, Texas, 1908
  • The Movies in 1930s Marlin by George Lester
    Our dad gave us each a quarter to spend on our big "Saturday-go-to-town" day ...
  • Marlin TX - East Texas Gas, Looney Brothers & Sons, 1947s
    Photo courtesy Larry W. Johnson
    Looney Brothers, East Texas Gas, Marlin, Texas, 1947
    Marlin, Texas Tourist Information
    Marlin Chamber of Commerce - 254-883-2171
    245 Coleman St.
    Website: www.marlintexas.com
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