Details for The Calaboose (Atlas Number 5209010246)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5209010246


Marker Number 10246
Atlas Number 5209010246
Marker Title The Calaboose
Index Entry Calaboose
City San Marcos
County Hays
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 602106
UTM Northing 3305986
Subject Codes World War II; jails and prisons; African American topics
Marker Year 1990
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location corner of Martin Luther King and Fredericksburg
Marker Size Medallion & Plate
Marker Text Constructed as the first Hays County Jail in 1873, this small brick structure was later an annex for black prisoners. Known locally as the "Calaboose," it became a neighborhood recreation center after the city of San Marcos acquired it in 1885. In the 1940s it was enlarged with a wooden addition and served as a U.S.O. center for black World War II servicemen. In later years, the Calaboose again became a community recreation center. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990