Heritage, Volume 12, Number 4, Fall 1994 Page: 9
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By Grant Sisk
Photographs By James H. Evans
The vision that Texas businessman
and historian J.P. Bryan of Houston
had for the Gage Hotel helped transform
a tiny ranching community into
a bustling tourist destination.
* J.P. Bryan, Owner, Gage Hotel,
*Winner of the Judge James E.
Wheat Award recognizing a
business for its outstanding
contribution to the preservation
of Texas history
his is one way a trip to the
Big Bend National Park could start. You
get up before first light, fill up your coffee
cup, and leave Dallas before the traffic
begins to build. At eleven, you stop for
lunch in Abilene and put some gasoline
in the car.
Around one o'clock you zip through
San Angelo. Somewhere between San
Angelo and Bronte you notice that the
sun seems to have taken a personal interest
in you. You speed up, but the sun
easily catches up. You check the road
map, trying to figure out how much
farther there is to go. The truth drops
through you like a cold stone. The day is
over and you are still many miles away
from the ranger station at Persimmon
Gap. Dusk finds you driving down 385,
and you think maybe you should turn
around and go back to Fort Stockton.
You see a road sign that tells you a
town named Marathon is up the road a
The restored Gage Hotel on Highway 90 in
Marathon is the centerpiece of the West Texas
town, located near the Big Bend National Park.
HERITAGE * FALL 1994 9
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