San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

old Hays County Jail


Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Behold: A New Deal photographer’s somber images of San Marcos during the Great Depression

As the decade drew to a close, Hays County families were still in the Great Depression’s tight grip. In 1939 and 1940, prolific documentary photographer Russell Werner Lee passed through San Marcos during a tour of Texas and the U.S. Southwest. Here’s what he — and his camera — saw.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Court honors Sims on her 90th birthday

The commissioners court this week adopted a resolution honoring longtime former Hays County Treasurer Dorothy “Dottie” Payne Sims, who turned 90 years old on Sept. 11.

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Latter day Elvis to perform at Jailhouse Rock Sept. 24

With the looks, the voice and the moves to recreate the excitement of a 1950’s Elvis Presley stage performance, Houston’s Ralph Elizondo will be the featured entertainer for “Jailhouse Rock,” the Sept. 24 event sponsored by the...

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Jailhouse Rock gala to benefit historical restoration

Elvis will be in the building Sept. 24 to provide entertainment for the “Jailhouse Rock” fundraiser benefiting the 1884 Hays County Jail restoration project.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Old jail restoration begins

The Hays County Historical Commission has recently started work on the restoration of the old Hays County Jail on Fredericksburg Street. The historical commission hopes to have the initial phase completed in May.