Go West: Marathon

Marathon is in the middle of far west Texas and part of the Trans-Pecos area of the great state. In the high Chihuahuan desert, surrounded by green flecked foothills and plateaus of the Chisos and surrounding mountain ranges, Marathon maintains a sparsely populated old oil city of about 450 people. Those  living there now are mostly ranchers, and some others help to offer Marathon as a destination for tourism to Big Bend Sate Park and nearby Alpine and Marfa. The Gage hotel was built in the 1920s and offers beautiful boarding and dining.

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A cow skull collage shaped like a cow skull? This place screams west Texas. Gorgeous cacti and succulents lined the streets and grew up anywhere they could.

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And art galleries like the Klepper bring culture and color to Marathon.

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French Company Grocer offers fresh deli sandwiches aside deviled eggs the way my grandmother made them and a smattering of snacks, whole foods, local beer and odds and ends for locals and those traveling through.

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French Co. Grocer is named after the original general store, French’s that operated from 1900 into the early seventies.

Downtown Marathon is a great place to stop and stay awhile or stop for lunch and watch the train go by as it has done for more than the past hundred years.

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