Marfa

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Marfa was established in 1881 as a water stop for the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. Today, it is a trading point for many large ranches in the surrounding mountains. Superb climate makes it a popular tourist center. In season, hunters are attracted by plentiful mule deer and pronghorn antelope.

In 1955, the El Paisano Hotel served as the base of operations for filmmaker George Stevens while filming the movie "Giant." ?

Marfa Municipal Golf Course, the highest golf course in Texas is situated at 4,882 feet above sea level. The nine-hole course boasts a 360-degree view of mountains and open range. At the end of Golf Course Road. 432/729-4043.

Strong thermal updrafts and legendary soaring conditions make this an outstanding location for glider rides. Marfa Gliders: 800/667-9464. www.flygliders.com.

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