Giant in Marfa LbNA # 29235
|Placed Date||Mar 14 2007|
|Last Edited||Nov 28 2015|
This letterbox honors the 1956 film Giant, based on the novel by Edna Ferber, and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. The novel and movie are about, of course, Texas, specifically, far west Texas: cattle, oil, and people. Much of the movie was filmed near Marfa, Texas, and the Hotel Paisano in Marfa was the headquarters for the cast. This lovely old hotel, built in 1930, was designed by architect Henry Trost, and among its other features is a room and display dedicated to photographs and artifacts from the film.
Finding a location for this letterbox in the super-neat town of Marfa was not easy, because many of the old historic buildings are now contemporary art galleries, which, along with the Border Patrol, must be the major employer in the town. The sidewalks are perfectly kept and swept, all the cedars are carefully clipped and trimmed, and the surrounding vegetation is mostly prairie grass and yucca, not hospitable to planting letterboxes. But just on the outskirts of town is a lovely old cemetery, the Cementerio de la Merced, with an abundance of unclipped cedars!
To find the Giant letterbox, begin in Marfa at the Hotel Paisano, one block from the Presidio County Courthouse on North Highland (hwy 17). After enjoying a cool drink in the courtyard or in Jett Rink’s Grill, go south about 2 blocks (cross the railroad tracks) to the intersection of Hwys 17,67, & 90, and go west about 1 mile (you’ll pass the cool Blue Javelina restaurant – great food, if you have the time to wait). At the Marfa city limits sign, look for the cemetery on your right (N), and turn in at the east gate. Follow the drive straight ahead, through the tall cedars guarding the entrance, to find the Gonzales family plot marked by a low brown stone wall and a single, lone cedar at the corner of the plot. Within this cedar, you will find the Giant letterbox. Please be discreet and respectful of the graves, and please reseal the bags and box carefully. It does rain in Texas, even in the desert! Please let me know the status of this letterbox: firstname.lastname@example.org.