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ROUTE 90
Marathon to Langtry  (and beyond)

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ANCIENT ROCK SHELTERS ALONG THE RIO GRANDE: To see this you have to go into Langtry and keep going through town, such as it is, and when the road turns to caliche just look ahead. That's Mexico over there...

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judge roy bean in langtry texasLangtry Texas tourism, travel, lodging, restaurants, dining, shopping and history   ince this article has to end someday, we're gonna pretend I told you all about the straight roads and endless fence lines and we just turned right at Langtry.  This is one of my favorite places and a must stop for any tourist. 
     Here is the most well-equipped visitor center I've ever seen.  You'll find brochures on just about anyplace in Texas plus free booklets, maps etc.  Also, just behind the headquarters is an impressive botanical garden displaying flora of the Southwest.  This is free and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a great place to settle those little disputes about plant names which are bound to arise sooner or later.
   I'm sure most everyone is familiar with the legend of Judge Roy Bean, the Law West of the Pecos, The Jersy Lilly and such so we'll skip that too.  However the old saloon still stands but some of the other structures in town haven't shared the same fate. Never-the-less they are  interesting just the way they are.
     If you turn right at the park headquarters and go straight ahead past the dilapidated abodes from more a more prosperous era you'll get a great view into Mexico and some magnificent rock shelters just across the Rio Grande.

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     I recommend dedicating at least an hour to explore Langtry and once you've done that you're good for decades to come. I was last there in 1990 and it seems exactly the same -- which, I suppose, accounts for my fondness of the place.

     I'm plumb tuckered out writing this article and anyway the sun was heading for the western horizon on our way out of Langtry.  We passed by the Amistad Reservoir which is about as blue a piece of water in Texas and the destination for fishermen and fisherwomen in the state. It's bigger than big -- it's Texas size.texas tourism, travel, lodging, restaurants, dining, shopping and history

     Although it was late in the evening when we entered Uvalde I can't conclude this article without commenting on this place.  Even during our brief drive around town at night the place was exceptional made even more so with all of the Christmas lights that seemed to adorn every building. 

     We took in a big chunk of West Texas and one day.  We saw more than time or space allows and passed up ten times more.  I left out 40 or more pictures, nearly all of the Historical Markers, and the geological stuff which is really interesting in this piece of the state -- but that's best left to folks who really know what they're talking about. 
     In the beginning we intended just to go to Marfa, but that was before we realized Highway 90 is the Route 66 of Texas.  So, as my Daddy used to say, we kinda oversized our pile, but we done gone and done it. So there you have it.

PAGE 1:  VAN HORN TO SAN ANTONE (INTRODUCTION)
PAGE 2:  VAN HORN TO MARFA
PAGE 3:  MARFA TO MARATHON
PAGE 4: MARATHON TO LANGTRY (AND BEYOND)

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