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San Marcos and Hays County

The history of the Freeman Ranch is directly tied to the history of San Marcos and Hays County. There are several good books and studies of Hays County and San Marcos history, including Clear Springs and Limestone Ledges: A History of San Marcos and Hays County, developed by the Hays County Historical Commission; A Brief History of Hays County and San Marcos, Texas, written by Dudley R. Dobie for Texas' Sesquicentennial; The New Handbook of Texas, published by the Texas State Historical Society; and a booklet called A Guide to a Historic Texas Town, written by an honors-level History class taught by SWT professors Gene Bourgeois and Frank de la Teja.

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Gathered from these different sources, the history found on this site is a historical sketch of the region surrounding the Freeman Ranch.