The Old Triangle

The Old Triangle (HM23LW)

Location: San Marcos, TX 78666 Hays County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 52.982', W 97° 56.457'

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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, San Marcos firemen were summoned to a blaze by the clanging sound of a huge triangle which hung from a tree limb at the right of this entrance to the Hays County Courthouse.

The great (55 pound) triangle was made by a local blacksmith from a thick, square wrought iron bar. After the fire department secured a more conventional bell, David M. Dailey remembers that this "bell" was used to signal the 6:00 p.m. closing of stores on the square. As a boy he observed a man emerge from Mutual Mercantile Store on the corner of Hopkins and Guadalupe Streets, watch in his hand, and stride across the street to strike the "great old bell" six times. Mr. Dailey's family rescued the "old bell" from the scrap heap and preserved it for posterity.
HM NumberHM23LW
Year Placed1991
Placed BySan Marcos Historic Preservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 602265 N 3306295
Decimal Degrees29.88303333, -97.94095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 52.982', W 97° 56.457'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 52' 58.92" N, 97° 56' 27.42" W
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Area Code(s)512
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-148 TX-80, San Marcos TX 78666, US
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