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Fort D. A. Russell

Marfa, TX
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Great History!

We loved this place. We spent two hours walking around and talking with our guide Barry. Does it... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Springtown, Texas
via mobile
Great for WW II historians

This is an interesting insight into "old" Marfa from the WW II days. Make sure Mona gives you that... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2017
Laguna Beach, CA
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A former U.S. Cavalry post called Camp Marfa which was the bachelor officers quarters and party house of Fort D.A. Russell from the late 1800s to the end of World War 2.
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  • Average18%
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Marfa, TX
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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We loved this place. We spent two hours walking around and talking with our guide Barry. Does it take 2 hours? No, but we so enjoyed our time. Great WWI and WWII connection. Don't miss seeing the bar, the murals, and Mrs. Roosevelt's re-designed bedroom...More

Thank MicksterMom
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is an interesting insight into "old" Marfa from the WW II days. Make sure Mona gives you that grand tour - she is loaded with a thousand interesting tidbits regarding this building and Marfa's history.

Thank TravelsWithStephen
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I won't go into detail about the facility; others have already done that more than adequately. I would only add that for our visit (not sure if this is standard as others haven't mentioned it), but the onsite caretaker herself gave us the full tour....More

Thank NadgunnaTaiket
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Don't miss this. This small housing unit for Army officers holds stories of soldiers who chased Pancho Villa and took orders from a young officer who later became General Patton. Liberated Nazi's, brought from the North African theatre were brought all the way back to...More

1  Thank Danny H
Reviewed 30 July 2015

We visited Building 98 and toured the exhibit. Then we went Chinati Foundation which is housed at the Fort. We toured the Donald Judd Outdoor exhibit. We also visited his aluminum works which are housed in two converted artillery sheds. If you go to Marfa...More

2  Thank WestTexasTown
Reviewed 15 March 2015

This is a complex that has been a part of Fort D.A. Russell and housed the officer’s club. In World War II it housed prisoners of war of the African army of Rommel. In a couple of rooms two of them (R. Hampel and Hans...More

2  Thank Jacqueline07_69
Reviewed 10 October 2014

We visited Building 98 for the opening of an exhibit titled “Degrees of Separation”, an international collaboration. Four each photographers, artists and writers from Louisiana, four of each from France, were selected to contribute, and to interact with and respond to each others' works. It's...More

4  Thank WeirdHarold
Reviewed 11 June 2013

Stopped by building 98 before the chinati foundation and found that the courtyard was filled with tents. The bulding was being used to house transient artists, A few of whom were smoking dope (also baking) in a windowless van parked out front. Most were nice...More

2  Thank Steve_Dallas01
Reviewed 30 May 2012

The only known instance of murals by German POWs during WWII. Very interesting.

4  Thank TomnLindaAustin_TX
Reviewed 4 February 2012

On a recent road trip across West Texas, I stopped at Marfa for the night. Of course, the Chinati Foundation was at the top of my list to visit, but we stayed at the Arcon Inn and met Mona. She offered to open her foundation...More

3  Thank llama_112
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