The Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas can be found along Highway 90 as you drive through the famed and ruggedly beautiful Big Bend Region of the state.
Alfred Gage left his home in Vermont in 1878 when he was just 18 years old to check out the ranching opportunities in Texas. The town of Marathon was founded in 1882 and became a key city along the railroad line to Galveston. Gage saw opportunity in the rugged mountains and open range country and acquired a ranching empire of over 500,000 acres in the next few decades.
Marathon was lacking lodging for ranches and travelers so the landowner decided to build a hotel as a base to oversee his ranching operations. The hotel was to be built on his ranch land and the enterprising Mr. Gage commissioned the designing crew of Trost and Trost to draw up the plans for the two-story, brick hotel in 1927. It quickly became the gathering place for miners and ranchers. Gage died within a year after his dream hotel was opened so he never was able to fully enjoy his masterpiece. Although the miners and ranchers have moved on to the big city, the simple way of life still lingers at this oasis in the desert.
When visiting the Gage Hotel properties, be sure to take a walk along the lush patio garden paths or enjoy sitting a spell on the large TEXAS size wooden rocking chairs on the large front porch. You never know who you might see or meet during these moments of tranquility. Famous guest of the past include Mount Rushmore sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, and writer Zane Grey who always enjoyed penning his novels while staying at these old historical, western hotels.
The most popular room at the Gage Hotel is noted to be Room 10. The 45 room hotel offers several hotel amenities and activities on the lush grounds. Guests will enjoy a full service spa, heated swimming pool, fitness center, 27-acre landscaped native gardens.
The Historic portion of the Gage Hotel houses sixteen rooms. Each room has a basin and private bath—or a shared bath down the hallway. Twenty adobe-brick rooms are available poolside for those wish a quiet area with a tranquil courtyard fountain. There is a restaurant and bar on site to satisfy your dining needs.
Stop in the Gage hotel if only for a few minutes. Take a break from your drive, have lunch of simply enjoy reading the historic information, and view some of the old photographs. Take a few minutes to rock away in the over-sized rocking chairs, relax on the porch and watch the traffic along Highway 90 zip on passed you.
The Gage Hotel
101 Hwy 90 West
Marathon, TX 79842