1. The Court Houses of Hays Area- When Hays Region originated in 1848, its one public structure was a log church-schoolhouse that had to work as the courthouse, in addition to its other uses. Although the San Marcos townsite, platted in 1851, contained a court square donated to the region, the loss of a $2,000.00 criminal bond later offered the area funds for structure, as well as in 1861 authorities employed specialist C. F. Millett to set up on the Square a 36 x 40-foot, 2-story frame court house with a hearing area, court areas, as well as 4 workplaces. That ache developing burned in 1868, and also region authorities operated from rented out quarters up until a court house of soft, in your area quarried sedimentary rock was finished in 1871. Harmed by planet shiftings, that 2-story, 45 x 53-foot structure was taken down (1881) and replaced by a 50 x 60-foot, 2-story building of tougher sedimentary rock made by F. E. Ruffini, designer for College of Texas buildings and also for court houses in a number of various other areas. After that 1882-83 structure shed its top tale in a fire on Feb. 28, 1908, it also was torn down.
2. HAYS COUNTY JAILS- The degrading jail rests behind the 1873 jail and also is surrounded by a fence and also thick trees. Court house posters are being sold at the courthouse to help raise money for its reconstruction.
3. Aquarena Springs – Aquarena Springs is mainly the source of the San Marcos River, increasing from hundreds of crevices under Spring Lake. A Spanish goal was established on the website, as well as later came to be the homestead of General Burleson and Eli Merriman. For years, Aquarena Springs was a resort and also home entertainment park with watercraft trips and functions such as mermaids. The ‘Aquamaids’ would put on oxygen containers to consume pickles and also drink Dr. Pepper undersea. Attracted by the picturesque elegance of the area, A.B. Rogers began the park in 1926 as well as developed it into a popular vacationer destination. The park had a large resort, a Swiss skies trip, glass- lower watercraft trips, and also a submarine movie theater with mermaid entertainers. By far one of the most preferred tourist attraction was Ralph, the Swimming Pig. Ralph swam around Aquarena Springs doing methods and also dives until the very early 1990s when he retired.
4. The Former City Hall and also Station House: (c. 1915) One half block north of the square. Spanish Revival building normal of the period when station house shared room with other social work. Shiner as well as Hallettsville have comparable structures.
5. Southwest Texas State University: Founded in 1899 – opened in 1903 – as Southwest Texas Normal College. On the hill North and East of the square on the 11 acres initially deeded for it.
6. Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography as well as Southwestern Writers Collection – Albert B. Alkek Library, Southwest Texas State University, 512-245-2313.
7. Wonder Globe – Earthquake-formed cavern. 512-392-3760. Admissions.