Martin King Room

Recently renovated from top-to-bottom this luxurious room has been upgraded from a Queen-sized bed to a new King-sized bed, remodeled bathroom with double marble walk-in shower, large seating area in front of the fireplace, huge flat-screen HDTV, and work-station with desk. It is an elegant setting in the main Inn for your Texas getaway. Located on the second floor, it opens out to the large shared porch with sunset view. Other room amenities include a satellite TV, DVD player, free wireless Internet access, and of course an unlimited supply of Texas beverages including locally bottled rain water, Dublin soda’s, and Topo Chico sparkling water.

Namesake Story

Tom Martin opened the first business in Kyle, a saloon and meat market where Tom provided both food and drink for the town builders. Tom was also a U.S. Marshall.

In the early 1800s Central Texas was plagued by a gang of outlaws who were horse thieves. Martin learned of this and one evening rode out to the outlaw camp. Only one member of the gang was there, and being at a disadvantage at not having seen the Marshall in time to draw his guns, he was placed under arrest. On the way to town they stopped at a spring to drink. The outlaw attempted to get Martin’s gun, but it was a bad move. Martin shot him four times, killing him.

Later Martin returned to the camp. A short distance away he spotted one loan bandit sitting near a fence. The outlaw, sensing trouble, grabbed for his gun, but once again Martin was quicker. He shot the bandit through the heart and, according to the legend, the impact of the bullet was so great that it slapped the man’s body backward over the fence.

The story was reported in the San Marcos Free Press on June 2, 1881, relating the killing of William Melton and Otto Baker. On June 9, 1881, the paper reported that the people of Kyle presented T.G. Martin with a pair of fine revolvers as a token of appreciation for what he had done to protect them from the outlaws. The cost of the revolvers was $53.

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