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  Marfa is a land of art, nature and mystery.

Marfa, population 2,424,  is said to be named by a railroad engineer's wife after a character in The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky.  Founded as a water stop on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio (Southern Pacific) railroad, Marfa lies on a semi-protected highland plain of the Chihuahuan Desert between three mountain ranges at an altitude of almost 5,000 feet.



Minimalist artist Donald Judd changed the cultural life of Marfa in the mid-1970's.  Judd's influence has been far-reaching in the art world, and has drawn urban artists and art enthusiasts to relocate their studios and galleries in Marfa.  Writers, poets, designers and musicians also focus their creative energy here.


The character of the town has been shaped by a desire to restore and increase economic prosperity in the community.  After a decrease in population from 1960 to 1990, the city's estimated growth rate from 1990 to 2000 was 11.7%.  This growth has been fueled and supported by ongoing renovation of the historic downtown area and the success of a variety of local businesses, the overall quality of life and the pleasant, high altitude desert climate.

Important Numbers:

City Hall
113 Highland

Marfa Public Library
115 E. Oak Street


Marfa National Bank
301 S. Highland


Presidio County Courthouse
301 N. Highland

Marfa ISD
401 N. Gonzales


Marfa Municipal Airport
3 miles North of Marfa on Highway 17


Contact local Realtors: 

Alamito Real Estate, 215 N Highland, Marfa, TX 79843 (888) 729-4424

Davis Mountains Realty, PO Box 2175, Fort Davis, TX 79734, (432) 426-3188

Livingston Real Estate, W San Antonio, Marfa, TX  79843, (432) 729-4466

Texas Mountain Realty, 109 N State St, Fort Davis, TX 79734, (432) 426-2024

Sierra La Rana  - 866-757-2382     Premier Big Bend Ranch Development just south of Alpine.  10 to 200 acre home sites - magnificent views - underground utilities.  Free stay and free lunch with property showing.