drinking from hot artesian spring in Marlin, circa 1920
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
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
- George Lester, May 18, 2004
The Movies in 1930s
A memoir by George Lester
Hamburgers 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
Left bottom - 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).
Brick Collectors can find Marlin Bricks at downtown
The Falls County Historical Museum
Hour: Mondays and Fridays 1-4 P.M.
County is also home to Rosebud
Flat. (See Falls
County Towns & Ghost Towns.)
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, 2007
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.
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.
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
Marlin Chamber of Commerce - 254-883-2171
245 Coleman St.
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact