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T H E C O W B O Y O U T T H E B O X

By Max Wastler

Before you meet Ty Mitchell, you’ve already encountered him. His aura covers Marfa. But nowhere is it stronger than the Lost Horse Saloon.

You approach the long, low, sloped roof, where you hope to hang your hat for the next few hours. The neon sign out front has a ruby flicker that cries out “BEER, BEER, BEER.” That’s it: a lone lit sign, promising an all-caps experience.

Saloon owner & actor Ty Mitchell on Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas.

Walking away from the Lost Horse Saloon, you recall another of Governor Richards’ one-liners: “I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of its size until I campaigned it.” And you realize: she may as well have been talking about Ty.

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