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Study Butte, Texas

Study Butte is in the wild, harsh region of the Big Bend and civilization came slowly. Rich deposits of mercury were discovered here about 1900, and the mining town of Study Butte (Stew-dy Beaut) came into being around the Big Bend Cinnabar Mine, managed by Will Study. But fame and progress, elusive as the quicksilver itself, faded as the mine became less and less profitable and was closed in the early 1940s. Today a few families live among old stone and adobe structures. Visitors pause to absorb silent impressions of a colorful past, and occasional rockhounds search tailing heaps for fragments of cinnabar, agate, and other colorful rocks.

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Vista Hills Country Club

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

Pyote Museum and Rattlesnake Bomber Base

Rattlesnake Bomber Base was the training base for thousands of B-17 and B-29 bombardment crews during World War II. After the...

Painted Dunes Golf Course

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

Last Frontier Museum

Small museum features rocks, gems, and minerals of the region. ...

Gage Hotel

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