Tucked away in southwest Texas and at least three hours from the nearest airport is a small town rarely stumbled upon by accident. But that’s OK – because those who need to find Marfa, find Marfa.
Sitting on a magnificent stretch of nowhere, Marfa an unusual place even by Texas standards – two parts cowboy town and one part artist colony. The entire region, propped up on the high desert above Big Bend National Park, is otherworldly. The distances are vast, the sightlines almost eternal. The Marfa Lights, a mysterious nighttime illumination, add to the area’s spectral beauty.
When it was founded in the late 19th century, Marfa was a rail stop for oilmen. Then it became a ranchers’ watering hole. Now locals are welcoming the kind of people who thought they’d never set foot in Texas – interlopers from liberal cities such as New York City and Boston.
Why do they flock to this slightly crazy, one stoplight town of 2,000 souls? Because Marfa is a magnet for fantastic art.