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{{Infobox settlement
official_name = Marlin, Texas
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nickname = The Mineral Water City of Texas
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footnotes =}}Marlin is a city in Falls Countymarker, Texasmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 6,628 at the 2000 census. As of July, 2007, Marlin had an estimated population of 6,019, a -7.7% change from 2000. It has been the county seat of Falls County since 1851, the third different town to earn the title. Marlin alone as a county seat has had four different county courthouses.



The city of Marlin is located about four miles east of the Brazos River, which runs straight through the center of the county. That was the site of Sarahville de Viesca, in which was established by Sterling Clack Robertson in the year of 1864. Marlin was later incorporated in 1867, and was named after a pioneer patriot, John Marlin. His son-in-law was Samuel A. Blain. Blain laid out streets and lots, and drafted a map around a square. Three churches—a Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist—were given lots first, and relocated to the east side of the square. Zenas Bartlett's General Store was the first business to be established in Marlin. When Bartlett's wife died, the general store was deeded to the city and used as a town hall. A simple brick building temporarily stood as a school. The first of four county courthouses was a log cabin. It was used for county business and court, a school, a church, a meeting place for political and community events, and as a dance hall. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 and 1939, after the third courthouse, which was built in 1887, was declared unsafe.

Before the county of Falls was organized, the settlement of Marlin already had established private schools. A tuition school, Marlin Male and Female Academy was located on Ward Street in 1871, north of the public square. The school was renamed and relocated before finally being sold in 1886, only to be destroyed by fire in 1900. A replacement, brick school was constructed in 1903. Marlin I.S.D. (Independent School District) was established in 1923. Nearly half a century before in 1875, two other schools for blacks were organized. The two black schools were dependent on state funds, and met in the African and Baptist churches. In 1916, the city council voted to build a school for blacks, which after it was first built, it was moved to Commerce Street, (where it is still located today) and named Booker T. Washington.

1890s Bring Good to Marlin; Falls and Arlington Hotels

Despite not going over the 15,000 population barrier, Marlin did get many tourists from around the country for its famous mineral water, which was believed to heal any sickness or pain, by bathing in it. Even though the waters had a smell to them, they still seemed to be 'magic' when people bathed in the stuff, and actually felt better. Bath houses were opened around the town of Marlin so people could come and takes bathes in the mineral water, after it was discovered in 1892 during the search for an artesian well. The mineral water had put the town on the map as hundreds of thousands of tourists flocked to the area. Marlin got the name of the Mineral Water City of Texas.

Also in 1892, the Bank of Marlin was opened, and was ran for over seventy years, closing in about the year of 1963.

In 1929, Conrad Hilton built his eighth Hilton Hotel in his chain in Marlin, a nine-floor, 110 room building that could be seen for miles out of the city limits of Marlin, named the Falls Hotel. Across the street was the Marlin Sanitarium Bathhouse. An underground tunnel connected the two buildings.

A fire destroyed the underground tunnel. The Sanatarium Bath House was torn down and the Falls Hotel was closed. It is still the tallest building in Falls Countymarker today. The location of the bath house is now the city post office and a gazebo park. The location of where another nearby hotel on Coleman Street, the Arlington Hotel, is now the location of a Mexican restaurant, Lupita's, and the Marlin Inn. The Arlington Hotel was first built as a three-floor hotel in 1895, and burned in 1899. An even more grand structure made of brick and stone was made after that, taller than three floors, but it was soon closed down as well.

The first floor of the Falls Hotel is the only part of the hotel that the public can visit. Original rooms of the hotel are now another Mexican restaurant, a beauty salon, and an eye doctor. City events are also held in the ballroom of the Falls Hotel.

Mineral water can only be found in a fountain right outside of the Marlin Chamber of Commerce, which is just shy of the old location of the Arlington Hotel. Citizens are allowed to control the water whenever they want by turning the fountain on and off.

Modern Utilities in Marlin

Phones began appearing in households in Marlin in the year 1900. Automobiles, electricity, and Lone Star gas followed shortly. By the mid-1900's, Marlin had a bottling company, stock pens, a brickyard, a turkey-processing plant, (building can still be seen on Williams Street/South Business Highway 6) a saddlery, a water crystalization plant, and a pottery plant.

The 2000's

At the census in 2000, Marlin had a population of 6,628, a increase of 242 more people from 1990, when the census said Marlin had a population of 6,386. Things went downhill from there.

Wallace, a business-form printing company which was the job center of hundreds in Marlin, closed in the mid-2000's. A styrofoam company had been open in another building in Marlin's declining industrial park, had caught fire and the remains were demolished. The Thomas Connally Veteran's Affair Hospital, an eight-floor building in the residential area of Marlin, located at the corner of Ward and Virginia Streets closed in about 2006, losing even more hundreds of jobs to Marlinites, as the economy in Marlin continued to struggle.

By 2009, different census estimates had said that Marlin's population had decreased by between 400 and 800 people. Though it looked like the 2010 census would show Marlin has a town with a population in the 5000's, things looked good for Marlin. An article in the Waco Tribune-Herald showed residents of the rapidly growing, nearby Waco, Texasmarker that Marlin could grow. A new $10-million water plant was about two months from being finished that would improve Marlin's water, which has proved to be unreliable in the past. The article mentioned a three-floor, sixty-room Best Western Hotel that was being constructed on Highway 6 at the intersection of the highway and Farm-to-Market Road 147. The Veterans' Affair hospital that had been shut down years before was now being renovated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice of Marlin as a hospital for prisoners. The hospital would employ 100-150 people. Also the Bible Way Church Family Worship Center would be opening up a new 30,000 square-foot facility that would double as a church and a community center, offering sports, a medical clinic, skating, and other activities.

But the major story in the Sunday article was that "Coach" Ken Carter would be opening up a boarding school for boys in the Fall of 2009, for boys who might be facing poverty, and underachievers ready to make a change. The boarding school would be at the former home of the Marlin Middle School. Coach Carter is well-known for his 2005 movie Coach Carter, based on a true story about a basketball coach whose team was currently 13-0, but learned that his students were doing poorly in the classes, if even attending them. Carter lockdowned the gymnasium until the grades of fifteen of his players who were failing improved to at least a 2.3 grade point average. The lockdown lasted for eight days as the team had to forfeit two games. Eventually the team would finish 19-5.

Ken Carter had not known about Marlin before the movie. After finishing shooting the movie, Carter was in Dallas when he rented a car and just took a drive down Interstate 35 to Wacomarker, and turned south onto Highway 6 and discovered Marlin, a town that he instantly fell in love with, which does not happen very often. "I fell in love with this little town. I enjoyed the people, and I loved how green everything was." said Carter.

Coach Carter spent hundreds of thousands of dollars from his movies into renovating the old, abandoned buildings. The boarding school will serve for grades from 8-12, and the first year will have up to 150 students, 64 to live on campus in dorms with a kitchen and laundry rooms. The total school day will be 12 hours with homework and sports, including basketball, football, and baseball. The students will also run their own store and barber shop on campus.

"We want the new generation to start thinking differently. People ask me, 'Why Marlin?' And I say, 'why not Marlin?' They act as if no great thing can come from Marlin."

A town meeting held at the former middle school buildings attracted guests such as Martin Luther King III.


Marlin is located at (31.307975, -96.892975) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.8 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.09%) is water.


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As of the census of 2000, there were 6,628 people, 2,415 households, and 1,509 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,465.4 people per square mile (566.2/km²). There were 2,826 housing units at an average density of 624.8/sq mi (241.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 41.84% White, 44.48% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 11.62% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.30% of the population.

There were 2,415 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.7% were married couples living together, 22.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,443, and the median income for a family was $26,861. Males had a median income of $25,220 versus $18,111 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,555. About 27.9% of families and 31.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.8% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over. Marlin is well known for its high poverty and crime rates.


The City of Marlin is served by the Marlin Independent School District.


The city of Marlin has had several newspapers. The current one that has been serving Marlin since 1890 is the Marlin Democrat, issued every Wednesday. Other newspapers that were being published in the 19th and 20th centuries were The Falls County Freeman, ran by the black community. The Marlin Ball was first established in 1874 by T.C. Oltorf and continued until about the year of 1901. The Falls County Record was popular during the 1940s and 1950s. To this day, The Marlin Democrat and The Rosebud News remain the only active newspapers in Falls County.

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Image:PostcardMarlinTXCottonCompressCirca1900to1910.jpg|Cotton compress, about 1905Image:PostcardMarlinTXCourthouseCirca1900to1910.jpg|Courthouse, about 1905Image:PostcardMarlinTXMainStreetCirca1900to1910.jpg|Main Street, about 1905Image:PostcardMarlinTXNewHighSchoolCirca1900to1910.jpg|"New High School", about 1905Image:PostcardMarlinTXSanitariumCirca1900to1910.jpg|Sanitorium, about 1905Image:PostcardMarlinTXBathHousesAndSanitoriumCirca1900to1910.jpg|Bath houses and Sanitorium, about 1905Image:Fallscountycourthouse.jpg|Falls County Courthouse, March, 2009


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