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    MARFA, TEXAS

    Suggested slogan:
    "We've been leaving the lights on for you for 120 years."
    ©

    Presidio County Seat,
    West Texas

    US 67 and 90, Hwy 17
    26 miles W of Alpine
    21 miles SW of Fort Davis
    93 miles SW of Pecos
    159 miles SW of Odessa
    74 miles SE of Van Horn
    162 miles SE of El Paso via I-10

    Population: 2,121 (2000)

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    Marfa Texas
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009

    Historic Marfa

    "Honey, what do you want to name this town?"
    Most everything about Marfa is unusual. The name, even in a state filled with strange names, is unusual. It comes, so we're told, from a character in Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, the book being read by the wife of a railroad executive as they passed through the region. We're glad she wasn't reading The Idiot.

    The Naming of Marfa
    The Last Word on "Marfa" by Lee Lowry

    Marfa Army Air Field and Fort D. A. Russell
    Besides being used as a locale for the movie Giant, and other films, Marfa also served as a base for military aviation when they were still using biplanes. Known as Marfa Army Air Field... more

    The Marfa History Club - How History is Conducted in Marfa
    "If it's not asked, it's not answered." - Lee Bennett more

    Marfa is the second highest county seat in the state next to Ft. Davis of neighboring Jeff Davis County.
    Machine  gun squadron, Marfa TX
    Myself in the Texas Badlands
    The Best Mule-Drawn Machine Gun Outfit in Texas 1923
    Old photos of 230 mile trip from Marfa to Del Rio
    via Longfellow and Comstock.

    Courtesy Scheibal Collection
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    Marfa Landmarks / Attractions

    Prada Marfa
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010
    Prada Marfa
    West Texas gets a Long-overdue Infusion of Whimsey by German-based Artists
    Marfa light
    Photo courtesy Julie McConnell, June 27, 2004
    The Mystery of the Marfa Lights
    Near Marfa (9 miles east)...
    Chinati Hot Springs / Chinati Museum
    by Byron Browne
    Marfa Architecture - Buildings worthy of notice:

  • Presidio County Courthouse - History and images
  • El Paisano Hotel - Designed by El Pasoan Architects Trost and Trost (still open for business)
  • Chinati Hot Springs / Chinati Museum
    Contemporary art museum. Located on former Fort D.A. Russell. 1 Calvary Row just off Route 67 south of Marfa.
  • The Brite Building occupies the block south of El Paisano (c. 1931). Here the details are somewhat stylized and abstract and are more Native American influenced than the fine Spanish details of El Paisano.
  • Many handsome residences.
  • The Marfa National Bank (in the Brite Building) once served as Headquarters for the Marfa Army Air Field (1942)
  • The former Palace Theater
  • Marfa Texas - Presidio County Courthouse

    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009

    Presidio County Courthouse

    Marfa TX Palace Theatre

    Palace Theatre
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009

    Marfa TX Palace Theatre

    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009

    Marfa TX street scene

    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009

    Marfa TX Windmill

    Windmill
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009
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    Marfa TX HiWay Cafe

    HiWay Cafe
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009

    Marfa TX Welcome

    Welcome to Marfa
    Photo courtesy James Nelms, July 2009

    Marfa Texas water towerGrain elevators in Marfa
    L - Marfa water tower and jail TE photo
    R - Marfa mill Photo Courtesy Bob Hann
    Palace Theatre Marfa Texas"Giant" movie set in Marfa Texas
    L - The Palace Theater. TE photo
    R - "Reata" the set for the movie "Giant". Courtesy TXDoT
    adobe home with cactusBrite Building in Marfa Texas
    L - A Marfa residence.
    R - Brite Building (Marfa National Bank). TE photos
    Nearby Destinations
  • Hwys 90 East 26 miles to Alpine
  • Hwy 17 North 21 miles to Ft. Davis
  • Ghost towns: Candelaria and Shafter.

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  • Marfa Texas street scene
    Marfa street scene
    TE photo
    Presidio County Towns and Ghost Towns
    County Seat - Marfa
    Presidio County Courthouse
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    US 90 and US 67; Merging Highways

    "These two US Highways merge for 34 miles in far West Texas, mostly between Alpine and Marfa. There, together, they go through Alpine, skirt around the picturesque Paisano Peak and Twin Peaks, both 6050 feet high. Then on to Marfa where 67 leaves 90 and turns south into Presidio, ending at the Mexican border... 90/67 also passes another very interesting landmark. One you won’t want to miss... The Marfa Lights..."
  • The Reata, Marfa, Texas, 1968
    The "Reata" in 1968
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    Marfa Texas City Park old post card
    "This was the City Park of Marfa, Texas. It was located where the US Post Office is now located. We used to stop and play at the City Park on our way to and from seeing a matinee movie at the Marfa Theatre." - Jo Ann Rivera Garcia, Former Marfan, January 30, 2007
    Courthouse, Hotel Paisano and main street in Marfa, Texas, 1950s
    Marfa street scene in the mid 1950s.
    Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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