Steve Johnson, left, presents Roger Nutt with the Parish/Goddard Award.
Chamber of Commerce President Greg Barton, left, gives Michael Magouirk the Volunteer of the Year award.
Bob Dube, second from left, gives the Non-Profit of the Year Award to members of the Marlin Men’s Civic Association, from left Kenny Kautzer, Justin Hay and Rocky Terry.
A diverse farming and ranching industry has been part of Marlin’s history since the founding of the town in 1851. Thousands of acres of fertile land offer farmers and ranchers the perfect environment for everything from cattle to cotton. Marlin has its own Hospital with emergency room, 3,000 ft. lighted airport for private planes, is served by the Union Pacific railroad, has an industrial park/enterprise zone, has been a Texas Main Street City for over 10 years and in the process of upgrading its entire water treatment facility utilizing the latest technology in membrane filtration systems.
Strong school spirit makes for exciting Friday night light action as the Marlin Bulldogs defend their multiple district wins. The Palace Theatre is a community playhouse featuring plays and dinner theaters throughout the year. The Marlin County Club plays host to Texas’ longest running two-man low-ball tournament. Marlin’s new public library features a collection of nearly 15,000 books, 8 public use computers with high speed internet and email access, a children’s room and computer classroom. There are many community events that happen throughout the year in Marlin; The Wood Street Blues Festival, Markets on Main Street, Christmas and Home Coming Parades, Old Homes Tour and the Historic Churches Tour all provide many options for family fun.
Marlin has been recognized by the Texas House of Representatives as the official “Mineral Water City of Texas”. The Falls Museum provides history seekers with interesting facts and items regarding Marlin’s rich history in agriculture and as one of the South’s largest health resorts. Marlin’s many social organizations provide community involvement for any interest including the state’s oldest musical club, now in its 107th year.
You’ve heard the saying, “Remember the good old days?” Although Marlin is only a short drive from major cities like Waco and Bryan/College Station, Marlin still retains that “Good Old Days” charm. Marlin’s central location in the heart of Texas is perfect for the business professional looking for a quiet “bedroom” community to live and raise a family with a short commute to major cities or the retired couple looking to purchase land for that “dream ranch”.
For businesses looking to relocate or start fresh, Marlin is a great choice. Just look at a map of Central Texas and you can immediately see the benefits of locating a business in Marlin. Direct access to the Highway 6 corridor (currently being widened to 4 lanes from Waco to Houston) provides quick transportation of goods and materials to major markets like Dallas, Houston, Austin or San Antonio. For a family, Marlin is a great location offering inexpensive land and housing. Retired individuals will find Marlin’s low cost of living a great change from a big city. Add to that the beautiful trees, fantastic climate and wonderful wildlife and you’ve got a great place to call home.
Marlin is home to a private country club with a nine-hole golf course and six city parks. Plenty of green space to play with the kids or walk the dog. There are also several major lakes within a 50 mile radius of Marlin.