Marathon, Texas over the years (and filming locations of two quirky movies–Fandango and Paris, Texas. Part II

Scene from the 1985 Classic--Fandango

Scene from the 1985 Classic–Fandango

In Part II, we will revisit Marathon, Texas in 2008.  Marathon still looks pretty much the way it did in 1985, the year Fandango was filmed.  It is a beautiful West Texas town in a great mountainous setting.

Gas station featured in the movie Fandango.

Gas station featured in the movie Fandango.

As for rail activity in Marathon in 2008, train after train rumbled through town, but none stopped to service industries in Marathon.

Union Pacific double stack train rumbling through Marathon in 2008.  --photo by C. Hunt

Union Pacific double stack train rumbling through Marathon in 2008. –photo by C. Hunt

All the local rail business have dried up for now.  Every once in a while, you hear that the fluorspar shipments may resume.

DuPont Fluorspar location facility in 2008.

DuPont Fluorspar location facility in 2008.

Old Marathon stockyard along the Union Pacific mainline. I could almost hear the cows still bellowing as they were being loaded upon the Southern Pacific (probably up until the 1950s)  --photo by C. Hunt

Old Marathon stockyard along the Union Pacific mainline. I could almost hear the cows still bellowing as they were being loaded upon the Southern Pacific (probably up until the 1950s) –photo by C. Hunt

Stockyard ramp, 2008.  --photo by C. Hunt

Stockyard ramp, 2008. –photo by C. Hunt

However, there is still life in Marathon.  If you visit Marathon, make sure you stay and eat at the Gage Hotel.  It is a great place!

Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas.  ©photo by C. Hunt

Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas. ©photo by C. Hunt

Fabulous restaurant at the Gage Hotel.  Nothing like a great meal on the plaza on a cooling Big Bend evening. ©photo by C. Hunt

Fabulous restaurant at the Gage Hotel. Nothing like a great meal on the plaza on a cooling Big Bend evening. ©photo by C. Hunt

Very relaxing venue!  ©photo by C. Hunt

Very relaxing venue at the Gage! ©photo by C. Hunt

While there, in addition to watching trains go by across the street from the Gage Hotel, also visit two jewels of the National Park Service…

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Fort Davis National Historic Park in Fort Davis, Texas ©photo by C. Hunt

Fort Davis National Historic Park in Fort Davis, Texas ©photo by C. Hunt

Now go watch Fandango!  You won’t regret it.

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