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Fat Cows on Rancho Espuela Grass – Tim Oliver

   Marathon is a tiny oasis located on Hwy. 90 just west of the turn for Hwy. 385 south to Big Bend National Park’s east entrance. The town has long attracted outdoors enthusiasts to partake in its friendly restaurant and hotel scene, offering welcome respite from long drives and hikes.

The Gage Hotel brought new life to town, restoring the historic hotel and adding the beautifully landscaped 27-acre Gage Gardens, a cafe, a fine dining restaurant, a brewery and barbecue, and of course, the V6 Collection, with artwork displayed from the personal collection of hotelier J.P. Bryan throughout the premises. Additionally, V6 Collection specializes in works of original art and photography from well-known Texas artists showcasing the Big Bend region. The Evans Gallery and Klepper Gallery are testaments to the active fine art and fine photography scene.

Architecture in Marathon shows the town’s wild side. Several hand built papercrete buildings are found throughout town, including the very artistically rendered Eve’s Garden Bed and Breakfast on NW 3rd Street, which also features local art on its brightly colored walls, as well as La Loma del Chivo, a guesthouse on SW 6th Street featuring eclectic world art and a mysterious obelisk on the property grounds.

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 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 pillowcases.

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 / Klepper Gallery
105 N. Ave. D / 432.386.6789 /
For the past 20 years, artist, writer and outdoor adventurer E. Dan Klepper has resided in Marathon, Texas. Klepper’s large-scale experimental photography carries a unique juxtaposition of subject matter rooted in the wild, untamed vistas of rural Texas, crafted with high-tech tools and methods.

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