A Mysterious Miniature Buc-ee Has Appeared In A West Texas Desert Town


‘I heard rumors it was a Banksy from West Texas,’ says artist

The tiny Buc-ee of Marathon, Texas.

Matt Tumlinson

If, like many Central Texans before you, you enjoy the arid West Texas desert as well as Texas’ iconic truck stops, you might already know that a miniature “Buc-ee’sarose 20 miles east of Marathon. Currently, its origins remain a mystery.

The tiny facade, adorned with classic Buc-ee signage, seems reminiscent of Marathon’s tiny target, now demolished. An apparent miniature of the big-box chain’s storefront, the Buc-ee’s predecessor first appeared in 2016 and was received as a clever response to the Prada facility near Marfa, according to Texas Monthly. If you haven’t made the trip to see it for yourself, you’ve no doubt seen the red-letter structure scrolling through your Instagram feed in the mid-to-late 2010s.

The first trace of the tiny Buc-ee was posted by San Antonio-based artist Matt Tumlinson over the weekend. Tumlinson, best known for his collaborations with Lone Star and his mural work across town, denies any affiliation with the project, though his post was shared with a wink.

“I heard rumors that it was some West Texas Banksy,” Tumlinson told MySA, referring to the elusive, world-renowned street artist.

Tumlinson says you can find the structure 20 miles east of Marathon, which is on the way to the small town of Sanderson. It is visible off US Highway 90.

While it doesn’t look like passers-by can buy bags of beaver nuggets or camouflaged lawn chairs from the tiny Buc-ee, the new facility looks like a fitting photo op for Texans making the pilgrimage out West. .


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