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Marathon, Texas

Marathon's name was suggested by a sea captain who said the area reminded him of Marathon, Greece. Today the town on U.S. 90 at the junction with U.S. 385 is a tourist crossroads, a major gateway to Big Bend National Park, and a headquarters for vast ranching activities. Visitors can catch glimpses of the town's colorful past at the Marathon Museum and the old Marathon Jail.

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The Post

Located five miles south of town on the Post Road lies what remains of old Fort Pena Colorado, built in 1879 to protect area residents from Indian raids.

Marathon, TX Historic Forts

Great Marathon Basin

The Great Marathon Basin is a widely known geologic area noted for extensive surface outcroppings of varied rocks and minerals, popular with professional geologists and amateur rockhounds. A 191.2

Marathon, TX Natural Attractions

Gage Hotel

Few other historic hotels offer a more unique experience of days gone by than The Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas. The restored West Texas hotel of the 1920

Marathon, TX Historic Hotels

Things to do near Marathon, TX

Fort Bliss

U.S. Army post established in 1848 as defense against hostile Native American tribes and to assert U.S. authority over lands ...

Chihuahuan Desert Visitor Center

A natural area owned and managed by the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute for scientific research and education. The facil...

Haley Library and History Center

Learn all about Texas and Southwestern history, including the background of the cattle industry and the individuals who began...

San Jacinto Plaza

It's the original historic city square and park, right in the heart of downtown. The plaza features a fiberglass sculpture, "...