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Marathon’s Historic Gage Hotel Celebrates 92 Years of Acclaim

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Marathon’s historic Gage Hotel turns 92 on July 13, 2019. Texans near and far are invited to help celebrate this grand occasion with special events on Saturday, July 13. The Gage Hotel’s 92th Anniversary Party will be held in Gage Gardens July 13. The delightful evening of food and musical entertainment features Larry Hooper, a Texas bluegrass musician who inherited a rich songwriting legacy from his family in East Texas. Proceeds benefit the expansion of Marathon Public Library, museum, and community square.

As a teenager growing up in Elkhart in the Piney Woods, Hooper was inspired by his cousin’s bands, the Coleman Brothers and Lone Star Boys. After high school, he began playing guitar and writing his own story songs. While honing his craft, he played gigs in New Braunfels and College Station. In 2006, he released “Rust,” his debut album, featuring Hooper’s trademark mesh of bluegrass, blues, folk and country music. This was followed by his 2011 album “Between Here and the Stars.”

Gage Hotel Draws Travelers From Around World

Marathon’s Historic Gage Hotel Celebrates 92 Years of Acclaim
Photo: Jo Ann Holt

The Gage Hotel, with its critically acclaimed 12 Gage Restaurant and White Buffalo Bar, draws travelers from all over the world to the tiny town of Marathon (population 430). Located in far West Texas, about 30 miles north of Big Bend National Park, Marathon has become an oasis for creative people including artists, craftsmen, musicians, and writers.

Rancher Alfred Gage hired western architect Henry C. Trost in 1927 to build the original two-story, yellow brick building for use as a railroad hotel. In 1978, Houston oilman J. P. Bryan and wife Mary Jon bought the old hotel for $30,000 and started renovations. Bryan is the visionary Western art collector who created Galveston’s Bryan Museum to house his massive collection of eclectic items.

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