Gardner Hotel

A Road Trip Through Cormac McCarthy’s Texas

June 15, 2023 | By Thom Denton

With the sad news of the passing of a literary giant Tuesday, the question was begged, “Has there ever been a writer more closely associated with Texas than Cormac McCarthy?

Step Back In Time At El Paso’s Gardner Hotel As It Celebrates 100 Years

June 21, 2022 | By James Hernandez

Travelers entering the Gardner for the first time could understandably mistake it for a museum. Steps from the front entrance, a curio case houses rarities including a replica of infamous bank robber John Dillinger’s plaster death mask and original “wanted” poster, a handwritten letter by Leo Tolstoy, and vintage typewriters.

From ‘Rosa’s Cantina’ to ‘the Road,’ El Paso Has Inspired Many a Twisting Tale

November 29, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

If you swing by Rosa’s Cantina on the western edge of El Paso, mere minutes from “the badlands of New Mexico,” you will not find Feleena, the girl who drove a lovesick cowboy to his doom in Marty Robbins’ famous ballad “El Paso.” But you will find friendly locals sitting at the bar with ice-cold Tecates. You will also find Robbins memorabilia adorning the walls—1970s album covers with the mustachioed musician in a denim shirt, for example, and a framed copy of the lyrics of “El Paso.”

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