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The tiny community of Marfa, Texas, has given (Credit: MCT)

The tiny community of Marfa, Texas, has given the Big Bend area a cool, arty cachet.

Art, history in Marfa, Texas

Marfa, Texas, isn't your typical desolate West Texas burg. Sixty miles east of the Mexican border, Marfa is the coolest art town in America, with stellar restaurants, a world-class museum, art galleries and film history.

The tiny community of Marfa, Texas, has given
(Credit: MCT)

The tiny community of Marfa, Texas, has given the Big Bend area a cool, arty cachet.

The West Texas winds blow the U.S. and
(Credit: AP, 2008)

The West Texas winds blow the U.S. and Texas flags in Marfa, Texas. The stark landscape outside Marfa shows up in the movies "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood."

Inside one of the 15 outdoor concrete works
(Credit: KRT / Jill Johnson)

Inside one of the 15 outdoor concrete works by Donald Judd at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

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Chip Love, a cattle rancher and bank president,
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Chip Love, a cattle rancher and bank president, walks through an area used for the film "No Country for Old Men" near Marfa, Texas. Love played the role of "Man in Ford" in the Coen brothers' film.

David Williams, ranch manager for the McGuire Ranch,
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David Williams, ranch manager for the McGuire Ranch, visits the site where the movie "There Will Be Blood" was filmed near Marfa, Texas. Willimas played the role of foreman in the movie.

A customer enters the El Cheapo liquor store
(Credit: AP, 2008)

A customer enters the El Cheapo liquor store in Marfa, Texas. The stark landscape outside Marfa shows up in the movies "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood."

Only the skeleton of the main ranch house
(Credit: KRT / Alison Woodworth, 2003)

Only the skeleton of the main ranch house remains from the set of "Giant" in Marfa, Texas.

An old windmill used in filming of the
(Credit: AP, 2005)

An old windmill used in filming of the movie "Giant" still stands on a ranch near Marfa, Texas.

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The stucco and adobe Prada Marfa
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The stucco and adobe Prada Marfa "store," near Valentine, Texas.

Site representative Boyd Elder at the Prada Marfa
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Site representative Boyd Elder at the Prada Marfa art installation in Valentine, Texas.

Prada Marfa, an art installation along the highway
(Credit: AP, 2006)

Prada Marfa, an art installation along the highway in Valentine, Texas.

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