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Thompson's Islands
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 29° 52.176 W 097° 55.723
14R E 603460 N 3304817
Quick Description: Islands were due to a 19th century mill located on the river.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/15/2014 3:59:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMKBJT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 3

Long Description:
The marker is about 100 feet southwest of the intersection of Cape St. and River Rd. - and north of the bridge crossing the San Marcos River. A small pull-off is available. There is a severely weathered handmade sign about the park next to the marker.
Marker Number: 10331

Marker Text:
William A. Thompson brought his family and slaves to Texas from Louisiana in 1850. They established plantations in Caldwell and Hays counties. With slave labor, the family built a mill on the San Marcos River near this site. Construction and operation of the mill resulted in the creation of three land masses in the river channel which became known as Thompson's Islands. The land remained in the family for generations, and the mill, which provided power for local lumber operations and a cotton gin, became an important element in the area's economy. (1994)

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