This Waitress Wants to Make Big Bend Visitors’ Trips Memorable

Pheobe Fowler moved to Marathon after living in big cities.

By John Burnett & Laura RiceJune 17, 2016 11:19 am

This story originally aired June 17, 2016.

Phoebe Fowler is a part-time waitress at the Oasis Cafe in Marathon, Texas. After living in several large cities in the state, she’s found her place in the small West Texas town.

“It takes a special kind of person to live here, because it is three hours to the nearest mall, three hours to the nearest airport. And if you’re in a hurry – stay where you’re at,” she says.

Fowler says that many vacationers headed to Big Bend stop through her restaurant on the way to the park.

“We want them to have them to have the best time they can, and a good dining experience when they come here. One bad waitress can screw up somebody’s whole weekend.”