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City of Marble Falls

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General Facts
  • Founded: By General Adam R “Stovepipe” Johnson on July 12, 1887
  • Incorporated: May 18, 1907
  • Population:
    • 6,128 (Since 2000 Marble Falls has had a population growth of 21.08%)
    • 26,718 (10-mile radius); 47,762 (20-mile radius); 71,533 (30-mile radius)
  • Size: 8,696 acres; 13.59 square miles
  • County: Burnet
  • Location: Marble Falls is located in the middle of the Texas Hill Country on the Colorado River, 48 miles northwest of Austin,75 miles north of San Antonio, in the middle of the Highland Lakes area, the largest chain of lakes in Texas.
Where Did the Name Marble Falls Originate?
Marble Falls sits on the banks of Lake Marble Falls. The falls were formed by a shelf of limestone running diagonally across the river from northeast to southwest. The upper layer of limestone, brownish on the exterior, but deep blue inside, was so hard and cherry it was mistaken for marble. The falls were actually three distinct formations at the head of a canyon 1.25 miles long, with a drop of some 50 feet through the limestone strata.

The natural lake was covered when the Colorado River was dammed with the completion of Max Starcke Dam in 1951. Lake Marble Falls sits between Lake LBJ to the north and Lake Travis to the south. The falls for which the City is named are now underwater, but are revealed every few years when the lake is lowered by the Lower Colorado River Authority for repairs.
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