The Years B.D. (Before Daisy...Before Digital) travel blog

Presidio County Courthouse, 1886

Presidio County Courthouse - Ornate Carved Staircase

Presidio County Courthouse - Top of Rotunda

Presidio County Courthouse - Barrels Painted and Arranged to Look Like U....

First Christian Church

El Paisano Hotel and Chamber of Commerce

Marfa Public Library

Marfa Lights Viewing Center

Marfa Lights Viewing Center

Marfa Lights Viewing Center


This morning Hilda and I headed to Marfa, which is an interesting little town. We explored the downtown area. Late in the afternoon we drove to the Marfa Lights Viewing Center, which is on the highway back to Alpine. I parked my Chinook at an angle that would allow us to remain inside to watch the mysterious lights appearing on the hillside in the distance.

Marfa is a ranching community with a population of 2,300+. It is 4,688 feet above sea level on a Chihuahuan Desert plateau in the Trans-Pecos area of west Texas. It is surrounded by mountains and is Texas' highest incorporated city. It is known primarily for its famous Marfa Mystery Lights and as the location for the shooting of the classic movie "Giant," with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Dennis Hopper and James Dean. In season, hunters are attracted by plentiful Mule Deer and Pronghorn in the nearby mountains.

The county seat was moved to Marfa from Fort Davis in 1885. The 1886 Courthouse is the only one they've ever had. Alfred Giles, famed English-born architect designed the Second Empire stone and brick building. A restoration was begun in October 2000.

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