WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize the citizens of Falls County and the City of Marlin who
  have come to Austin on February 17, 2011, to celebrate their
  region's rich Texas heritage on the occasion of Falls County and
  Marlin Day at the Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, The falls of the Brazos River were an important
  fording and camping area for native American Indians and white
  settlers who arrived in the area as early as 1819; and
         WHEREAS, On January 28, 1850, the Texas Legislature formed
  Falls County from Limestone and Milam Counties, naming it after
  the falls of the Brazos; and
         WHEREAS, Falls County has four incorporated communities,
  including Rosebud, Lott, Golinda, and the county seat of Marlin,
  Texas; and
         WHEREAS, Falls County encompasses 765 square miles of
  gently rolling terrain in the Blackland Prairie region and has a
  rich and diverse agricultural heritage; it has been a significant
  producer of cotton, wool, corn, wheat, grain sorghum, and cattle;
         WHEREAS, The City of Marlin traces its roots to the
  establishment of a city site four miles east of the Brazos River
  in 1834; the city was named after pioneer patriot John Marlin,
  and it now marks the intersection of State Highways 6 and 7; and
         WHEREAS, The Houston and Texas Central Railroad, along
  with the International-Great Northern Railroad, at the turn of
  the 20th century helped establish Marlin as a destination
  location due to the healing properties found in the hot mineral
  waters of Falls County; and
         WHEREAS, For more than a century, the hot mineral water
  springs of Marlin have been an integral part of the growth and
  development of the city, both as the central attraction of
  numerous health resorts and as a source of geothermal energy; and
         WHEREAS, Falls County is the home of the Texas Department
  of Criminal Justice Institutional Division Hobby Unit, Marlin N1
  Unit, and Medical Care Center and the Falls County Law
  Enforcement Center; and
         WHEREAS, The City of Marlin was the home of United States
  Senator Tom Connally, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman during
  the establishment of the United Nations, as well as world
  renowned gospel and blues singer Blind Willie Johnson and
  internationally known jazz artist Bobbi Humphrey; and
         WHEREAS, The citizens of the City of Marlin and Falls
  County can take great pride in their rich history and their many
  contributions to the growth and progress of this state; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd
  Legislature, hereby recognize February 17, 2011, as Falls County
  and Marlin Day at the Capitol; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared in
  honor of this special day.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 14, 2011.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate