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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

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

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

Things to do near Marathon, TX

Pliska Airplane

John V. Pliska, born in Tyne, Austria, came to Texas with his parents in 1897 and settled in Flatonia. In 1903 he started on ...

El Paso Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center

Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center offers an archeological, historical, and natural history profile of the Big Ben...

Painted Dunes Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Paisano Pete

At 20 feet long and 11 feet tall, Pete is probably the world's largest roadrunner. A popular photo subject. ...