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  If you blink while driving along U.S. Highway 90, you could miss the town of Marathon completely. With a population of just over 400, it’s a blip of civilization in an otherwise vacant basin of Brewster County. But don’t be fooled by its size. This former railroad shipping town contains some serious artistic talent and world class lodging and dining.

  Evans Gallery features James H. Evans’ striking photographs of the Big Bend landscape and some of its more curious inhabitants. Just yards away is artist and author E. Dan Klepper’s gallery of photos and images that capture the windswept landscape and vibrant regional culture.

  The Gage Hotel was voted the best small hotel in Texas by Texas Highways Magazine and was voted #5 in the Top 15 Hotels in Texas from Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The Gage now includes the beautifully renovated, historic Captain Shepherd’s House, built in 1899 and the V6 Coffee Shop. Eve’s Garden Bed and Breakfast is a colorful and charming compound of local art and unique architecture that encompasses an entire town block.

Marathon is just 36 miles north of Big Bend National Park. It is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate on your way to or from the Park. Don’t miss it!

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1 / The Galleries at Eve’s Garden
Ave. C and North 3rd / 432.386.4165 /
Original works by local artists Priscilla Wiggins, Monte Schatz, Luc Novovitch and Maisie Lee, and Austin artists Ed Acuna and Alexa Walker are displayed throughout the gathering areas and guest rooms of Eve’s Garden Bed and Breakfast. The sustainable building is a unique architectural fusion of Old Mexico and Middle Eastern, constructed using papercrete technology developed on site.

2 / Evans Gallery
Four doors down from The Gage / 432.386.4366 /
Photographs of 28-year Marathon resident James H. Evans and author of “Big Bend Pictures” (black & white photos of Big Bend’s people and landscape), and “Crazy From the Heat.” James and his work have been featured in Texas Monthly Magazine, and his work is collected by major museums in Texas. The Gallery is also the home of Desert Critter Wear – James’ images of desert critters on shirts, dresses and pillow cases.

3 / The Gage Hotel & V6 Gallery
101 W. Hwy. 90 / 432.386.4205 / 800.884.GAGE /
The Gage Hotel displays the private collection of J.P. Bryan. Vintage originals from the 19th and early 20th centuries are displayed in the Reposa Room, 12 Gage Restaurant, and Ritchey Brothers Building and other original artwork can be seen in the V6 Gift Shop & Gallery. The historic hotel was designed and built in 1927 by renowned southwest architect Henry Trost. It features elegant accommodations with authentic period decor.

4 / The Klepper Gallery
105 N. Ave. D / 432.386.6789 /
Exhibiting the work of artist and author E. Dan Klepper. Klepper is an artist with an international exhibition resume. The gallery features stunning images of Texas and the Big Bend region. Klepper is also the author of books and magazine articles on nature, wildlife, culture and outdoor adventures.

5 / Cactus Flower
103 Hwy. 90 /
Photography by Carol Townsend

6 / George Zupp Studio
Paintings about folklore, desert critters and party goers. Work on display at Ranch Candy in Marfa