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Marble Fall, Texas
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Marble Fall, Texas
By Ron Souza
Marble Falls is a preferred vacation destination located in the middle of Texas Hill Country about 40 miles northwest of Austin. The largest chain of lakes in the State is Highland Lakes and the city of Marble Falls sits on the shore of Lake Marble Falls, which is part of that chain.
The city was founded by Adam “Stovepipe” Johnson who had gained notoriety during the American Civil War by confusing the Union Army with fake canons made from stovepipes and wagon wheels. As a surveyor prior to the war, Johnson had seen the area and imagined the construction of an industrial city using the falls as a power source. When the war ended, Johnson set out to facilitate his dream and with the assistance of partners, plotted the town’s location and began selling lots. Within 10 years, the town had a population in access of 10,000 residents.
Marble Falls made national news and history in 1917 by electing the nation’s first woman mayor. Ophelia “Birdie” Harwood was elected Mayor of Marble Falls three years before women were even allowed to vote.
With the completion of the Max Starcke Dam in 1951, the actual Marble Falls were submerged beneath the newly created Lake Marble Falls. The lake brought a renewed hope for the community with an economy based on tourism. The region also became a desired location for retirement and has maintained both tourism and retirement in a healthy and prospering manner since.
Many of Marble Falls’ residents are employed in nearby Austin, making the daily commute to and from the hustle and bustle of the major city and returning nightly to the peacefulness that is Marble Falls.
to Marble Falls will be an adventure to an area where nature is the dominant attraction, where outdoor recreation is the preferred activity and where every day is an experience in rest and relaxation.
Water sports abound in and around the area with swimming, great fishing, recreational boating, water skiing and jet skiing. Every August one of the largest Drag Boat racing events is held on Lake Marble Falls and the town plays host with excellent food, drink and entertainment. A Good Sam Club RV Park with excellent
for members is in close proximity to all the activities.
Other outdoor activities to experience in and around Marble Falls are golf, hiking, and hunting. If you want to do a little shopping, there are many excellent shopping opportunities to be had in the city or you can make the 85 mile drive down Highway 281 to San Antonio and shop your heart out at the very famous River Walk.
The best breakfast in Texas, as designated by Texas Highway Magazine, is Marble Falls’ own Blue Bonnet Café. The Café has been serving meals to residents and visitors for over 70 years and has been consistently recognized as one of the 10 best restaurants in the entire state.
There may be nothing more enjoyable and rewarding than
to Marble Falls, Texas.
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