drinking from hot artesian spring in Marlin, circa 1920 |
History in a Pecan ShellThe
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.
Landmarks / Attractions:
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Falls Hotel, Conrad
"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
Movies in 1930s Marlin :
A memoir by George Lester
at the Café were a nickel or a dime - depending on who was eating them.
Left top - Fall Hotel today.
Photo courtesy George Lester, 5-2004
Left middle - Fall Hotel
Old post card, TE archive
- Palace Theatre ,
TE photo 2003
downtown has many antique sources
Falls on the Brazos Park has canoeing,
camping and fishing ( Any Marlins caught must be released).
can find Marlin Bricks at downtown antique stores.
Falls County Historical Museum
Hour: Mondays and Fridays 1-4 P.M.
County is also home to Rosebud
Ridge Baptist Church in SE Marlin|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, August 2005
Paul's United Church Of Christ north of Marlin |
Photo courtesy Michael Baxter,
Marlin, Texas Chronicles Hot
Air Verses by
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.
Sense Justice in Marlin by Mike Cox
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
Movies in 1930s Marlin
by George Lester
Our dad gave us each a quarter to spend on our big "Saturday-go-to-town"
courtesy Larry W. Johnson|
Marlin, Texas Tourist Information|
Chamber of Commerce - 254-883-2171
245 Coleman St.
its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone
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