Heritage, Volume 12, Number 4, Fall 1994 Page: 10
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Above: Beautiful artwork, Mexican relics, and antique beds await overnight guests at the Gage Hotel. Each of
the rooms in the original hotel are named for nearby areas including Persimmon Gap, Panther Junction, Dagger
Mesa, or Stillwell's Crossing. Below: Young and old, urban dwellers, and ranch hands are all likely to be found
relaxing in the large wooden rocking chairs that grace the front porch of the old Gage Hotel in Marathon. From
that spot, visitors can sit under the West Texas skies and admire the stars while sipping cold ice tea or a cerveza
and listening to the wail of the freight trains that pass.
few miles. Marathon. You don't remember
the date but think of some battle
between the Athenians and the Persians
and of a man who ran 20 miles to tell of
the Athenians' victory. You think you'll
You drive into the town. It's a little after
10 p.m. and the only place open is the Gage
Hotel, which looks interesting. Evidently
your luck is running strong; there is one
The next morning over black coffee
you ask the manager about the hotel. He
tells you that in 1927 a cattle rancher and
San Antonio banker named Alfred Gage,
evidently tired of having to sleep among
the snakes and scorpions every time he
went to check on his 500,000-acre ranch
outside of Marathon, built the Gage Hotel.
You mention that the place is in superb
condition, considering its age. He laughs
and says that the Gage and the town of
Marathon have seen plenty of hard times.
Though you know you should continue
your adventure to Big Bend, you ask him to
He says that in the more than half a
century since the death of Alfred Gage, the
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