7 Spots You May Not Have Seen in Marathon, TX

For those of you who have visited us before, you may think you’ve seen all that Marathon has to offer! However, our little town has a few hidden gems that may surprise you. Next time you’re out visiting our area take some time to check out some of our treasures!

  1. The Milky Way:  As one of the most isolated areas of the country Marathon’s night sky is one of the top star gazing locations in North America. In fact, it has the least amount of light pollution of any National Park in the lower 48 states and is classified as a Level 1 Dark Sky!MilkyWayOverMarathon copy
  2. Captain Shepard’s House: Don’t miss your chance to see one of the first colonial homes built in the late 1800’s in the town that would soon become Marathon, TX. Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 5.06.27 PM
  3. One of a Kind Shopping: Marathon, TX is host to a variety of stores that you won’t find anywhere else! We guarantee that you’ll find great clothes, antiques and one-of-a-kind art.Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.01.31 PM
  4. Marathon Coffee Shop: Not only will their delicious and down-home coffees & fresh baked goods perk you up in the morning, but this is the best spot in Marathon to hear our local banjo player Billy Faier (pictured below) play some fabulous tunes!                             Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 5.06.37 PM
  5. Gage Gardens: At the Gage Hotel we have worked so hard to cultivate a “Secret Garden” of our own. The Gage Gardens is a secluded, peaceful oasis perfect for any family picnic or romantic stroll.Double Rainbow
  6. First School House: This is the oldest school building in Brewster County. Built in 1888 it was used not only for schooling, but for all town public meetings and elections. The structure is still in beautiful shape over 120 years later due to a restoration done in 1928 by the ladies of the Marathon Study Club. Hence the school house’s new nickname – The “Club House”! Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 10.54.19 AM
  7. Marathon Jail: While the first “jail” in Marathon consisted of a windmill and a few chains for drunkenness and disorderly behavior, eventually we upgraded to this small, rock structure. Come inside, take a look and try not to get into any trouble! We’d hate to have to dust off those cuffs!Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.06.49 PM

(Photo credits: Daniel Self, Andrew Slaton and the Marathon Historical Museum)

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Milky Way Over Marathon

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Every day we learn something new about our little slice of West Texas.  Today we discovered that Marathon has a Class 1 dark sky rating.

We know what you are thinking, how exactly does one earn a Class 1 dark sky rating? Well, according to the Bortle Scale there are 9 different types of night skies. A Class 9 night sky is what you might see in a city, while a Class 1 sky has little to no other light sources that restrict visibility.

In most cases you would have to go hundreds of miles off the coast to see a class 1 dark sky. Here in West Texas, Big Bend National Park has a Gold level Class 1 dark night sky, which makes it a stargazing hotspot. Our unique location only 69 miles from Big Bend puts us in a perfect location to stargaze from our porch. If y’all aren’t convinced yet of the dark sky beauty here in Marathon, when the Earth is positioned correctly we can spot Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Zodiacal lights from our skies right here at the Gage Hotel.

So after a day of soaking up the sun by the pool, enjoying some evening cocktails at the White Buffalo Bar, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Milky Way in our Class 1 dark night skies!