The town of Marion was created as a railroad camp for the first railroad in Texas, The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. Within one year, Marion turned into the busiest depot in the state, bringing imports from the Gulf of Mexico. Named Marion after the daughter of the railway’s president, the town site was originally the plantation of her grandfather, Joshua W. Young.
Bustling Downtown Marion, Courtesy of Sarah Reveley
Similar to many towns in South Central Texas, Marion was settled by German immigrants in the mid- 1880’s. With the first estimated population of 250, the city could boast a full range of amenities, including four general stores, a church, school, two cotton gins and a saloon. By the late 1980’s the population had risen to 835, and by the Census of 2000 1,099 residents were counted. By 2010, the town claimed approximately 2, 500 residents.
What to do in Marion
Early saloon in Marion, Courtesy of Sarah Reveley
Situated in Guadalupe County, Marion is considered part of the San Antonio metro area. Approximately 23 miles from San Antonio, 4 miles from Seguin and 9 miles from New Braunfels, allowing over 90% of Marion’s residents to commute to work. And because of its great location there is always something to do around Marion. Listed here are some of the lesser known attractions to enjoy.
The Texas Air Museum shows aviation history from its first flight to today. Three locations can be found in San Antonio, Slaton and Rio Hondo. The museum’s main address is 8406 Cadmus in San Antonio. http://www.wittemuseum.org/
Collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage can be found at the Witte Museum’s Texas Art Museum. Promoting lifelong learning, the museum can be found at 3801 Broadway in San Antonio.
The Greater Marion Area Chamber of Commerce located at 307 S. Center Street, provides services to the Greater Santa Clara Valley communities of Marion, Santa Clara, Zuehl and New Berlin. That website is http://www.gmachamber.org/index.html
Contemporary Downtown Marion, Courtesy of Sarah Reveley
Considered a large town today, Marion never seemed to expand beyond its original land radius of less than 1 mile. This community is home to several generation Texans and cherished by many. Additional information about Marion can be found at the city’s website of: http://www.cityofmariontx.org/index.html
Feed Store in Marion, Courtesy of Sarah Reveley