1. The Court Houses of Hays Area- When Hays County came from 1848, its one public structure was a log church-schoolhouse that needed to act as the court house, in addition to its other uses. Although the San Marcos townsite, platted in 1851, contained a court square donated to the region, the forfeiture of a $2,000.00 criminal bond later provided the region funds for building, and in 1861 authorities utilized specialist C. F. Millett to erect on the Square a 36 x 40-foot, 2-story frame courthouse with a hearing area, jury areas, and also 4 workplaces. That yearn constructing shed in 1868, and also area officials ran from rented quarters until a court house of soft, locally quarried limestone was completed in 1871. Damaged by planet shiftings, that 2-story, 45 x 53-foot building was torn down (1881) as well as changed by a 50 x 60-foot, 2-story building of more difficult limestone designed by F. E. Ruffini, designer for College of Texas structures as well as for courthouses in several various other counties. After that 1882-83 framework lost its leading tale in a fire on Feb. 28, 1908, it additionally was torn down.
2. HAYS COUNTY JAILS- The deteriorating jail rests behind the 1873 prison and is bordered by a fencing and also thick trees. Courthouse posters are being sold at the court house to assist elevate loan for its restoration.
3. Aquarena Springs – Aquarena Springs is mostly the resource of the San Marcos River, rising from thousands of fissures under Springtime Lake. A Spanish objective was established on the site, and later became the homestead of General Burleson and Eli Merriman. For several years, Aquarena Springs was a resort as well as enjoyment park with boat rides and also functions such as mermaids. The ‘Aquamaids’ would use oxygen tanks to eat pickles and consume Dr. Pepper underwater. Brought in by the beautiful elegance of the location, A.B. Rogers began the park in 1926 as well as established it right into a popular tourist destination. The park had a large resort, a Swiss sky flight, glass- bottom boat flights, as well as a submarine theater with mermaid performers. Without a doubt one of the most prominent destination was Ralph, the Swimming Pig. Ralph swam around Aquarena Springs performing techniques as well as dives till the very early 1990s when he retired.
4. The Former Municipal Government as well as Fire Station: (c. 1915) One half block north of the square. Spanish Resurgence building common of the duration when fire stations shared area with other social work. Black eye and Hallettsville have comparable structures.
5. Southwest Texas State College: Founded in 1899 – opened in 1903 – as Southwest Texas Regular Institution. On capital North and East of the square on the 11 acres initially deeded for it.
6. Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography and also Southwestern Writers Collection – Albert B. Alkek Library, Southwest Texas State University, 512-245-2313.
7. Wonder Globe – Earthquake-formed cave. 512-392-3760. Admissions.