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Marathon in Brewster County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Marathon

 
 
Marathon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 21, 2009
1. Marathon Marker
Inscription.  Fort Peña Colorado, the last active fort in this area, on the old Comanche Trail, about 4 miles to the southwest was established in 1879.

Marathon was founded in 1881. Named by an old sea captain, A.E. Shepard, for the Plain of Marathon, in Greece, of which the hills here reminded him.

Cradle of West Texas cattle industry. Among the first noted ranchers here were Mayer M. Halff and brother, owners of the famous Circle Dot brand.

Original gateway to the Big Bend National Park.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3201.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Comanche Trail into Mexico series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 30° 12.377′ N, 103° 13.724′ W. Marker is in Marathon, Texas, in Brewster County. Marker is on U.S. 90. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marathon TX 79842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as
Looking west towards Marathon image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 21, 2009
2. Looking west towards Marathon
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the crow flies. First School House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Albion E. Shepard House (approx. one mile away); Chambers Hotel (approx. one mile away); The Gage Hotel (approx. one mile away); Colonel Lewis Given Harman (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort Peña Colorado (Red Rock) (approx. 5.1 miles away); Los Caballos (approx. 10 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is about 1 mi. east of town on US 90.
 
Part of downtown Marathon image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 21, 2009
3. Part of downtown Marathon
Tracks that run through Marathon image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 21, 2009
4. Tracks that run through Marathon
As with some other West Texas towns, Marathon has two first streets: one that is north of the tracks, and one that is south.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 961 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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