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

 

MOVING

TO MARATHON

Looking for something different? Tired of the traffic and the rat race? How about a quiet place for that special get-away or, maybe, a new place to call home? Welcome to Marathon!

Marathon is a small town and that’s part of its charm, but it also has many of the comforts and conveniences of big-city life. For example:

  • Internet services (options include fiber, cable, and point-to-point)

  • FedEx and UPS service daily

  • Water and sewer cooperative

  • Local health clinic (open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am - 4pm)

  • Public schools (pre-K through 12th grade) with a student-teacher ratio of 6-1

  • In-town parks and trails

 

At more than 4,000 feet elevation, Marathon is blessed with a dry desert climate that is pleasant for all, particularly for those who like outdoor living and recreation. For avid gardeners, the area boasts three growing seasons. Big Bend National Park is only 40 miles away. The Post Park, beloved by picnickers and birders, is 5 miles southwest. The roads around Marathon, devoid of city traffic, welcome runners, bicyclists and motorcyclists. The local motel can accommodate tents, campers and large RVs.

Marathon has an eclectic group of residents. Many artists call Marathon home. The annual Marathon 2 Marathon brings runners every October to qualify for major marathons elsewhere, including the Boston Marathon. The Gage Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers guests fine dining and good music. People from all over the world come through Marathon to visit Big Bend National Park. Many families have been in Marathon for generations; you might also meet someone from one of many foreign countries who is hiking, biking or driving through Big Bend. The Big Bend and Brewster County Tourism Councils support art and music festivals, local live theater, as well as the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering which is held in Alpine in February.

Alpine, 32 miles away, is the county seat of Brewster County. It offers a full-service hospital and Sul Ross State University. Midland has the closest international airport and is a 2½ hour drive, while the airport at El Paso is 4 hours away. Amtrak makes its only routine stop between Del Rio and El Paso in Alpine. Amtrak comes to Alpine from many major cities within Texas. Greyhound Bus service is also available to Alpine.

If you have any questions or queries on relocation, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber of Commerce.

AREA SERVICES
Banks
Chambers of Commerce
Churches
Golf Courses
Government
Internet / Telephone / TV
Libraries
Local News Resources (print and online)
Local Radio
Marathon Community Center
Medical Services
Moving / Storage Services
Museums
Parks and Gardens
Schools - Public (Pre-K - 12th)
Schools - University
Real Estate
RV Repair
Service Stations / Auto Repair
Shipping / Postal Services
Transportation (car, airplane, train, bus)
Travel Resources
Utilities - Electricity
Utilities - Propane
Utilities - Water and Sewer
Volunteer Fire Department

Banks

TransPecos Bank – Marathon

Full Service Banking and 24-Hour ATM.

Lobby Hours for Marathon Branch: Monday-Thursday 9 am to 11 am, Friday 9 am to 3 pm

109 W. Hwy. 90, Marathon, TX 79842
432-386-4500

www.transpecosbanks.com

TransPecos Bank – Alpine - 102 West Avenue E, Alpine, TX 79830

Capital Farm Credit - 108 West Avenue E, Alpine, TX 79830

West Texas National Bank - 101 East Avenue E, Alpine, TX 79830

First National Bank - 101 East Avenue E, Alpine, TX 79830

West Texas Community Credit Union - 608 West Avenue E, Alpine, TX 79830

Alpine Community Credit Union - 111 North 2nd Street, Alpine, TX 79830

Fort Davis State Bank – Alpine - 1102 East Holland Ave., Alpine, TX 79830

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Chambers of Commerce

Marathon Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 163, Marathon, Texas 79842

432-386-4205

www.marathontexas.com

Facebook Page

 

Fort Davis – www.fortdavis.com
Fort Stockton – www.fortstockton.org
Marfa – www.marfacc.com
Sanderson – www.sandersonchamberofcommerce.info
Van Horn – www.chamber-commerce.net

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Churches

St. Mary Catholic Church

St. Mary Catholic Church is a mission church of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine, Texas. Sunday mass starts at 12 noon. Communion service is held on Fridays at 5 pm.

432-837-3304

On NW 3rd Street at Ave C

Marathon, TX 79842

Marathon Baptist Church

We are a congregational-style church, where people from many different denominations come together to follow Jesus and seek the good of our city and area. Whether you are just passing through or planning to stay for a while, we would love to get to know you. Sunday services start at 11 am.

214-477-4936

107 NE 3rd Street

Marathon, TX 79842

Church website

Facebook Page

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Golf Courses

The Alpine Country Club has a public 9-hole golf course.

915- 837-2752

"Black Jack’s Crossing" golf course is located at the Lajitas Resort, approximately 110 miles south of Marathon. The resort features a world class 18 hole golf course designed by PGA Hall of Fame golfer Lanny Wadkins.

 

Voted #1 Course You Can Play in Texas – The Dallas Morning News
Voted #1 Most Beautiful Golf Course in Texas – Golf Magazine
Voted #4 Course You Can Play in Texas – Golfweek Magazine

Voted #1 Resort Course in Texas - Texas Outside

432-424-5080 (pro shop)

432-424-5000 (front desk)

Lajitas Resort Website

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Government

Brewster County Court House

432-837-3301

201 West Ave. E, Alpine, TX 79830

Brewster County Sheriff

Ronny Dodson, Sheriff

Ryan Skelton, Chief Deputy

432-837-3488

201 West Ave E, Alpine, Texas 79830
 

Texas Department of Public Safety (Driver's License office)

432-837-3073

3500 TX 118, Alpine, TX 79830

Justice of the Peace

Susana Gonzales

Based in Marathon, TX
432-386-4530

Brewster County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Ruben Ortega

Based in Marathon, TX
432-294-1096

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Internet / Telephone / TV

Big Bend Telephone – 800- 592-4781

Mountain Zone TV and Internet – 432-837-2300
Big Canyon TV/Dish – 432-837-7484
Exede Satellite Internet – 877-782-4319
HughesNet – 800-794-1830
Russell Cellular – 432-837-7029
TDS Baja Broadband – 432-837-3637 or 800-996-8788

ATT – 800-288-2020

Direct TV – 855-463-7359

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Libraries

Marathon Public Library

106 NE 3rd St, Marathon, TX 79842

432-386-4136

www.marathonpubliclibrary.org

Facebook Page

Hours: 2 - 6 pm Monday - Friday

Alpine Public Library - www.alpinepubliclibrary.org

Marfa Public Library - www.marfapubliclibrary.org

Jeff Davis County Library (Fort Davis) - Fort Davis library website

Terrell County Public Library (Sanderson) - Sanderson library website

Presidio Public Library - www.presidiolibrary.org

Big Bend Library (Terlingua) - Terlingua library website

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Local News Resources (print and online)

Cenizo Journalwww.cenizojournal.com
Alpine Avalanchewww.alpineavalanche.com
Big Bend Gazette www.bigbendgazette.com
Big Bend Sentinelwww.bigbendsentinel.com
West Texas Weeklywww.westtexasweekly.com

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Local Radio

KVLF/KALP

1240 AM AND 92.7 FM

Our mantra is live and local. We are focused on providing our listeners with accurate local news, home team sports, area weather, and enjoyable music. Based in Alpine, Texas.

www.bigbendradio.com


Marfa Public Radio KRTS

91.5 FM in Marathon

Public Radio for Far West Texas. Our mission is to provide radio that unites the community and promotes cultural enrichment through presentation and focus on the importance of art, education, science, quality of life, and the local economy. Marfa Public Radio broadcasts from Marfa/Fort Davis at 93.5 FM, in Alpine at 91.7 FM, and in Marathon at 91.5 FM.

www.marfapublicradio.org

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Marathon Community Center

The Marathon Community Center is a recently renovated, old-fashioned community hall on the Marathon Town Square. Suitable for dances, social events and meetings, it has a kitchen and updated air conditioning and heating. Accommodates 150 people.

To reserve the Community Center for groups or events, contact Ruben Ortega, Brewster County Commissioner, Precinct 3, at 432-294-1096.

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Medical Services

Marathon Health Clinic, Marathon, TX – 432-386-4316

Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am - 4pm


Big Bend Medical Center, Alpine, TX – 432-837-3447 - hospital / ER
Pecos County Hospital, Fort Stockton, TX – 432 336-2004

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Moving / Storage Services

Marathon Storage Rental – on North C Street in Marathon – 432-294-1096

The Triangle Market, Alpine, TX – U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer – 432-538-3283
Alpine Auto Rental, Alpine, TX – U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer - 432-837-5661
Lobo Mini Storage, Alpine, TX – 432-386-7864
Twin Peaks Self Storage, Alpine, TX – 432-837-2112

Most national van lines can provide quotes for movement of household goods to Marathon, TX.

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Museums

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

HALLIE STILLWELL HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
Located 39 miles south on Highway 385 and six miles east on FM 2627, this family museum honors the memory of legendary ranch woman, teacher and author Hallie Stillwell. Call before going as their hours vary (432) 376-2244.

www.stillwellstore.com/hall-of-fame

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Parks and Gardens

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.

To reserve the Post Park for group or events, contact Ruben Ortega, Brewster County Commissioner, Precinct 3, at 432-294-1096.


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.



GAGE GARDENS & WALKING TOUR
This shady, 27-acre park often serves as a venue for weddings and other events, and its garden supplies the 12 Gage Restaurant with fresh fruits and produce. It also features water fountains, a pond, a nine-hole putting green and two trails for walking or jogging. The grounds are open to the public.

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Real Estate

A+ Real Estate Co. – 432-837-5539
Carpenter Real Estate – 432-837-3325
Chambers & Co. Realty – 432-837-4663
Mountain View Properties – 432-837-5518
Parsons Real Estate – 432-837-3411
West Texas Realty – 432-837-7486

Big Bend Real Estate Guide – a monthly full color magazine featuring the top real estate professionals, builders and service companies throughout the West Texas region, and the properties and services they have available.

www.bigbendrealestateguide.com

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RV Service & Repair

Big Bend RV Supply & Service

RV service, repairs, and supplies. If you find yourself stranded and in need of help, call us. We also offer RV parking with 8 full hook-ups: four 30-amp and four 50-amp spots. Wifi and utilities included.


432-386-4184
209 NE Hwy 90 (1st Street)
Marathon, TX 79842

Our Facebook Page

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Schools - Public (Pre-K - 12th)

Marathon Independent School District

Marathon ISD is a small 1A district in far West Texas (Region 18). We are one campus in two next-door buildings - an elementary building and a middle / high school building. We serve Pre-K through 12th grade students, and in 2016-17 had a total enrollment of 72 students.

 

432-386-4431
109 North 5th Street  /  PO Box 416
Marathon, Texas 79842

www.marathonisd.net

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Schools - University

Sul Ross State University

Alpine, Texas
432-837-8011
www.sulross.edu

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Service Stations / Auto Repair

Aguilar Fina
432-386-4364 ‎
801 East Highway 90
Marathon, TX 79842

Sixto's Alon Service Station
432-386-4551
901 East Highway 90
Marathon, TX 79842

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Shipping / Postal Services

Marathon Post Office

The Post Office does not deliver mail to residential or business locations in Marathon. All mail is delivered to PO Boxes only. (UPS and FedEx will deliver to residential and business locations.)

 

Open (employee present): Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 2:30pm (closed for lunch from 12:00 - 12:30pm)
Closed: Saturday-Sunday

PO Box Access Hours:  available 24/7

107 NE 1st Street (E US Highway 90)

Marathon, TX  79842
432-386-4472

 


Fed-Ex - World-wide shipping - 800-463-3339
UPS - World-wide shipping - 800-742-5877

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Transportation

Alpine Auto Rental
2501 East Hwy 90, Alpine, TX 79830
432-837-3463 or 800-894-3463

Alpine Municipal Airport
3401 East Hwy. 118, Alpine, TX 79830
432-837-5929

Amtrak
Station on Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle lines

102 West Holland Ave., Alpine, TX 79830
www.amtrak.com

Big Bend Community Action
Public transportation to and from El Paso and Midland/Odessa airports

607 West Gallego Ave., Alpine, TX 79830
432-837-9139

Tipsy Taxi
432-294-0990
Affordable in-town taxi service as well as rides throughout the region
Facebook Page

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Travel Resources

Texas Mountain Trail www.texasmountaintrail.com
Visit Big Bendwww.visitbigbend.com
Brewster County Tourism Council – 432-837-3915

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Utilities - Electricity

Visit www.powertochoose.org. This website enables consumers to select a TDU—formerly called a local electric utility or a transmission and distribution utility. This company is responsible for delivering electricity to your area, reading your meter and maintaining the poles and wires.

In Marathon, this is AEP Texas, North Division, 877-373-4858. The individual consumer may select other providers from the Power to Choose website. The actual servicing of their plan will most probably be supplied by AEP.

Rio Grande Co-op

Electric provider

877-373-4858

TXU Electric

866-462-4192

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Utilities - Propane

Pinnacle Propane

Full-service propane supply, repair, and installation

432-837-5776

www.pinnpropane.com

West Texas Gas

Propane sales, service, and appliances for the tri-county area including all Rinnai Continuous Water Heaters. Available 24-hours for emergency.

432-386-4422

300 South US Highway 385 #A
Marathon, TX 79842

www.westtexasgas.com

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Utilities - Water & Sewer

Marathon Water & Sewer

432-386-4229

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Volunteer Fire Department

The mission of the Marathon Volunteer Fire Department is to protect and preserve the lives and property of the citizens in the Marathon, Texas area, while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, efficiency, and effectiveness.

 

MVFD is always accepting applications for volunteer Firefighters. If you are looking for a way to be an important part of our little community this is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to do so. Come join a winning team. Benefits include: free training from Texas A&M Extension Service, an opportunity to become EMT Certified, free gym membership at Gage Fitness, and most importantly, the opportunity to help our Marathon residents in their greatest times of need. The only thing it takes is a little bit of your time. Come by the station (located at 109 NE 2nd St.) Mondays at 1800 to learn more. We hope to see you there!

Chief Brad Wilson: (432) 386-5414
Assistant Chief Timothy Roberts: (432) 210-9861
Captain: Tim Thayer
Lieutenant: Kalan Thomas

109 North East 2nd Street
Marathon, TX 79842

www.marathonvfd.org

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