MARATHON, TEXAS

WHERE THE BIG BEND & DARK SKIES MEET

Marathon Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 163

Marathon, Texas 79842

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Thank you to our friends at the Brewster County Tourism Council for making this website possible, and for all your support in promoting our Big Bend communities - Marathon, Study Butte, Terlingua Ghost Town, Lajitas, and Big Bend National Park. Visit Big Bend!

© 2019 Marathon Chamber of Commerce

 

IN-TOWN ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy local history as well as beautiful scenery in-town and right around Marathon

MARATHON MUSEUM

The Marathon Museum is housed in an original 1886 adobe building - the first schoolhouse in the area. Exhibits focus on Marathon’s settlers (Native American, Mexican, and Anglo), railroads, ranching, mining, business, mercantile, industry, banking, the schools, the military, and geology.

 

The museum is operated by the Marathon Museum Society, chartered in 1977. Visitors may visit the museum by obtaining a key from the Marathon Public Library (hours Mon-Fri 2-6pm), located next door to the Museum.

On North 3rd Street, next door to the Marathon Public Library
Marathon, TX 79842

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HALLIE STILLWELL MUSEUM

Hallie Crawford Stillwell helped settle West Texas - most formidable land, the Big Bend - in the early 20th century. She fought drought, disease, the depression, and desperadoes. “Tough,” she says, “You had to be tough to survive!” To preserve her ranching legacy and pioneering spirit, Hallie’s Hall of Fame Museum was built in 1991.

 

Along with the museum, Hallie’s legacy is captured in her autobiography, I’ll Gather My Geese, and in her follow-up book, My Goose Is Cooked. Turn back the hands of time as your turn the pages of this fascinating piece of West Texas history.

The Museum is located 39 miles south of Marathon on Highway 385 and six miles east on FM 2627. We recommend you call before going as their hours vary.

 

(432) 376-2244

www.stillwellstore.com/hall-of-fame

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POST PARK (CAMP PEÑA COLORADO)

A beautiful secluded pond and county park on the Peña Colorado river shaded by cottonwood trees, and surrounded by Los Caballos Novaculite Mountains. Its location on the Comanche Trail necessitated the establishment of a cavalry post there (Camp Peña Colorado). Although very little remains of the army post, it nevertheless gives the spot its current name. It is a popular location for dances, picnics, and fishing, and is one of the best birding sites in the region. It is also one of the few accessible sources of spring water in the Big Bend region.


The Post Road: Starting at the center of Marathon, the Post Road runs south for 5 miles to the Post Park. Very little traffic, fabulous views, and road markings in 1/2 mile increments make this road ideal for running, walking and  biking. Wildlife such as deer, javelina, turkey, or even an occasional fox can be seen in the early mornings or late evenings.

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GAGE GARDENS & WALKING TOUR

Sprawling across 27-acres of lush greens, the Gage Gardens encompasses a native landscaped garden park with lovely ponds, beautiful fountains, nine-hole putting green, rose garden, vineyard, fruit orchard, and a large fire pit with banquette seating. The attached gourmet garden also supply the 12 Gage Restaurant with fresh fruits and produce.

 

Guests can meander around the quarter-mile walking trail through the meticulously landscaped garden or take the more challenging one mile jogging loop with interval exercise stations. Blooming with colorful indigenous plants that flourish year round, the garden is a welcome home for migrating birds and butterflies, and provides the ideal spot for a relaxing walk with your partner or dog, an afternoon picnic, an idyllic wedding or private party.

The grounds are open to the public.

www.gagehotel.com/experience/gage-gardens

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