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ROUTE 90
Marfa to Marathon 

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LEAVING MARFA: See that pointed peak off to the right? That's Cathedral Mountain and it's really a long, long way off.  On this road a slight hill or bend in the road is cause for celebration.   Nevertheless, along this route are some very attractive communities.

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OA.jpg (2672 bytes)kay, so Highway 90 is straight an an arrow, longer than daylight and you can even see the curvature of the Earth.  Just remember, your map is your friend even if you aren't making any turns.  Remember all that coffee early in the morning and the noon sodas?  Trust me, if there are women folk in the car it will be handy to know just how far up the road it is to the next convenience store. 
    Not too bad in this case. Only 35 miles to Alpine. We didn't linger there although I'm sure there was plenty to take in we wanted to put some miles behind us. After all San Antonio was over 350 miles away and stopping at all those Historic Markers really slows down the progress.

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PENNY'S DINER IN ALPINE: This place is located on Hwy 90 and you'd have to be blind to miss this brightly polished diner.

Next stop, Marathon.  But first, a Historical Marker: "Fort Pena Colorado, the last active fort in this area, on the Old Comanche Trail, about 4 miles to the southwest of was established in 1879."

touring texas     Marathon was founded in 1881 named by an old sea captain A.E. Shepard, for the plain of Marathon, in Greece, of which the hills here reminded him. The cradle of the West Texas cattle industry, among the first noted ranchers here were Mayer M. Halff and brother, owners of the famous Circle Dot Brand. This is the gateway to the Big Bend National Park and if you're ever headed for Big Bend -- and you have to go there at least once if you want to lay any claim to being Texan at all, natural or naturalized..
     Now Marathon is a pretty little town with some interesting businesses not the least of which is the Gage Hoteltexas vacationsThis high class place has it all including "elegant accommodations furnished with authentic period decor, fine dining that will delight your senses and a pool perfect for an evening swim - all in a rustic West Texas setting surrounded by the mountains of Big Bend National Park." That's from their website and trust me they're tellin' the truth.  If you've had your fill of the "Country Clutter" esthetic that is rampant in Texas you'll find the Gage a welcomed relief.
      marathon texasIn Marathon there is a cantina named Cantina and just a few doors down is Shirley's Burt Biscuit Bakery. (Don't say folks don't have a sense of humor in these parts.)  While exploring the sidestreets of this little town we found an old fashioned wooden windmill. They're aren't many of these left standing and even fewer in working order.

(Whew, this article is kinda like Highway 90, it just goes on and on. So let's keep on truckin'. Next stop: Langtry.

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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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