The Council for the Indigenous and Tejano Community held an unveiling ceremony Jan. 28 to celebrate the newly installed Don Felipe Roque de la Portilla historical marker at 1105 N. Old Bastrop Hwy., San Marcos.

Don Felipe Roque de la Portilla was a Spanish-born Army captain and rancher who settled in San Marcos along with around 50 other settlers in the early 1800s, according to a press release from Hays County. Additionally, the settlers established a colony where El Camino Real de los Tejas crosses the San Marcos River.

The historical marker was initially installed in 1976 and sustained vandalism, gunshots and other damage that ultimately led to its temporary retirement.

The marker and ceremony serve to promote and preserve the history of Hays County and the city of San Marcos.