Welcome to Marfa, texas

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A little about Marfa

Until the 1970's, Marfa was best known for the ghost lights and the film location for James Dean's final picture the GIANT, also starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and Dennis Hopper. The classically beautiful Hotel Paisano, served as the center of activity during the making of the movie. In 1971, Donald Judd, the renowned minimalist artist, moved to Marfa from New York City with the intention of permanently installing his art. Marfa is famous for its excellent soaring conditions even hosting the World Soaring Championship in 1970. And last but not least, don't forget to find your way to viewing station east of town where you can study the mystery of Marfa Ghosts Lights as they dance across the foothills of the Chinati Mountains. Seen by the earlier settlers to the area, they continue to mystify travelers and passersby, and are part of the continuing enigma and magic that is MARFA .

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The history of Marfa

Marfa, the county seat of Presidio County, is at the junction of US Highway 90 and 67 in the northeastern part of the county. It was established in 1883 as a water stop and freight headquarters for the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. Fittingly named after a character in a novel, Marfa has a history of attracting creative spirits. Reportedly, the wife of a railroad executive suggested the name MARFA from Fyoder Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, which she was reading at the time. Marfa is in an area that has been called one of the last American frontiers. It is situated at an altitude of 4,830 feet above sea level in a semiarid region with many dry streambeds that the summer thunderstorms fill and further erode. To the north are the Davis Mountains, to the southeast the Chios Mountains, and to the southwest the Chinati Mountains. Marfa lays semi protected within these escarpments on a great highland plain known as the Marfa Plateau.

Contact Information

Address:
207 Highland St
Marfa, Texas
79843

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Businesses in Marfa, Texas

Here is a collection of local Marfa, Texas businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Galleri Urbane

Art

Art To Go!

 

Greasewood Gallery

Art

Art, jewelry and sculpture

 

Inde Jacobs Art

Art

Remarkable fine art and photography

 

Arcon Bed and Breakfast

Lodging

19th century two story Victorian adobe inn

 

Hotel Paisano

Lodging

Romance, history in 41 rooms

 

Riata Inn

Lodging

A roomy place to serve as your base in Marfa

 

Marfa Gliders

Museums / Attractions

Freedom to soar

 

Cochineal

Restaurants

Inspired simplicity

 

Jett's Grille

Restaurants

Casual dining done well

 

Lost Horse Saloon

Restaurants

Most cowboy-kickin'-est bar in town

 

Maiya's Restaurant

Restaurants

Fresh, seasonal, Italian-influenced food

 

Squeeze Marfa

Restaurants

Marfa's Swiss Cafe

 

Cobra Rock Boot Company

Shopping

Handmade family tradition

 

Freda

Shopping

A lifestyle store

 

Garza Furniture Design

Shopping

Handmade Texas modern furniture

 

PureMarfa

Shopping

Sharing items that reflect the Marfa aesthetic

 

Wrong

Shopping

We sell cool stuff