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I visited Fort Worth Cultural District back in the early part of '90s, which was obviously nothing like what it is today.

As bad luck would have it, we arrived there on Monday and only that day to stay, therefore, I could not gain admission into Kimbell Art Museum as it is closed on Mondays.

Louis Kahn is perhaps one of my favorite modern masters, along with Aalto. The former an Estonian and the latter a Finn, I can only speculate that there must be something in the waters of Baltic Sea.

I have not returned to DFW area since then, and there are many new noteworthy works of architecture that have been built. I am curious to see Ando's Modern Art Museum as well as reconfigured Amon Carter Museum.

A good friend of mine was involved with the design of Rachofsky House in Dallas by Richard Meier. Once you've seen a Meier work, you've pretty much seen it all was my jaded friend's quip, but I'd see it anyway.
The Kimball is a truly great museum, their "Man in Blue Smock" by Cezanne is an incredible piece. If you like private museums, another one here in Texas that is superb is the Menil Museum in Houston.

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I too left the area back in the mid early eighties but I am impressed by all the changes since whenever I go back to visit my parents. Billy Bob's is still there though LOL
Billy Bob's Texas - The World's Largest Honky Tonk
1981, ZZ Top, Billy Bob's...... now there was a night.

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Nice pics, concrete. Worth more to me than you'll ever know.

Did you notice the large concrete pads south of Marfa and the highway? That was the location of an large Army-Air Force base for pilot training during WW2. I have the honor(?) of being the first baby born at that base hospital in July of 1943. From what I have heard that area is now used for glider meets, which affirms the military's judgment to use those skies for flying.

We lived over in Alpine until I was 16 months old and my father was discharged home to Oregon. The mountains you photoed look to be those between the two towns. I don't recall the name of the pass.

I, too, travelled to Marfa/Alpine through El Paso in the late 70s on my 750 Honda. I only remember one other bike trip (southern Utah) that was as difficult with the wind twisting my head around, bike leaning about 20 degrees. The area didn't seem too friendly to life and my stay was short. What you've done is show me that some folks, indeed, find it a habitable place.

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The Kimball is a truly great museum, their "Man in Blue Smock" by Cezanne is an incredible piece. If you like private museums, another one here in Texas that is superb is the Menil Museum in Houston.

Agreed, it is one beautiful collection as well as the Museum that houses them. It is one of the favorite spaces I have experienced.
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I'm glad they struck a chord!

I think the pads you mentioned are these by minimalist artist Donald Judd:



The mountain shots were not on the road between Alpine and Marfa but the Davis mountains (north of Marfa), the mountains along the river road between Terlingua and Presidio and the mountains south of Marfa heading to Chinati Springs.

I’ve traveled all over the world and I can’t think of a place I’d rather visit than Marfa and the surrounding area. Marfa like the high desert it’s in is a total contradiction. In the high desert you have the sky (life) juxtaposed to the desert (death). In Marfa you have a town that progress, such as we know it has passed over. It looks like a west Texas Mayberry, you feel like you’ve been transported to 1950. The only thing out of place for me is some of the new residents; young trust fund babies, chain smoking, hooked on xanax, hanging out by the fire pit across from The Thunderbird Hotel discussing existential angst every single night. In the daytime you’ll find them at the bookstore, you can’t miss them, they’ll be wearing expensive sunglasses and they rode there on their 1950's vintage Schwinn bicycles. But they are far and few between, really.
I ate at my favorite restaurant there last trip, The Blue Javelina. While enjoying a ginger martini you could hear German, French and Japanese spoken at nearby tables. I rarely hear that in NYC much less in the middle of the west Texas desert. This also must be the most liberal town in Texas which I suppose explains why a town of under 2000 people have their own NPR station, but the mayor (Rudy) is a staunch Republican, of the goose stepping order. I think he gets reelected cause where else in Texas can you own a half million-dollar house and pay 250 bucks a year in property taxes. His wife Mona is Dan Blockers (Hoss Cartwright) niece. She owns the officers barracks at Fort DA Russell. Which I believe is different than the fort your father trained at where the Army trained pilots with the Cessna AT-17 as a step between single and multi-engine planes. She let us camp out there last summer. A way cool place. They housed the Nazi officers there in WW2. The Germans would dress up every morning and march thru Marfa. The local women would line up and whistle at the handsome blonde men as the marched by. The bar is still intact where General Patton and his dog would visit with the German officers. In two of the halls in the building the Germans painted murals of the west Texas desert.
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P.S. I saw David Byrne play there a few years back. He had to start over three times attempting to play the song "We're on the Road to Nowhere" because he couldn't stop laughing at the irony.
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