Marfa, Texas: The capital of quirkiness

Morley Safer finds a rich cultural stew of cowboys and artists mixing it up in an unusual West Texas town

Camp Bosworth and Buck Johnston are members in good standing of the Marfa new wave. Their gallery packed with Camp's Texas-size wood carvings.

Camp Bosworth: This is a six-shooter, it's gold leaf. And this turns, you know, I've carved it with various details...

There's also the pistol that doubles as a bar.

Morley Safer: You've got lots of tequila.

Camp Bosworth: Yeah, lots of tequila.

A few blocks away, painter Ann Marie Nafziger is hard at work. An Ohio native who moved here from Portland, Oregon.

Morley Safer: Your first trip to Marfa, what did you make of the place?

Ann Marie Nafziger: I was astounded by the landscape coming in. The land and the light. It's an incredible place to look at as a painter. I love living here.

[Maryam Amiryani: With the Elvis...]

Maryam Amiryani paints still lifes and cultural icons. She was born in Iran, traveled the world, and wound up in Marfa.

Maryam Amiryani: My husband and I wanted to move somewhere to live a simple life close to nature, to paint more.

Morley Safer: What did this place have that others might not have had?

Maryam Amiryani: It just seemed a bit more extreme. And that appealed to us.

[Music: Welcome to West Texas...]

If you want extreme, try the weather in Marfa.

[Music: ...dust clouds, a tornado or two...]

It's best described as: all over the map.

[Music: Well the wind outside is howlin', coyotes cry in fear, welcome to West Texas, you're gonna like it here. ]

Chip Love: I've always been amazed at the courage these people have that come out here and not really sure how they're going to make a living. And they just show up because it feels right.

The new Marfans have transformed the place. Padre's, the local watering hole, was once a funeral parlor. Ballroom Marfa, a gallery, was a Mexican dance hall. Camp and Buck live in a converted church. And there are further signs this is not your grandfather's Marfa.

[Yoga teacher: Exhale, forward, fold...]

Yoga fans can catch up on their chakras and their downward dogs at the town bookstore. And also read up on abstract expressionism. Tim Johnson - a poet/philosopher - runs the place.

Morley Safer: This is a remarkably big bookshop for a very small town.

Tim Johnson: Yeah, it really is. We have like 60 to maybe 80 or 90 people who come out for a poetry reading. Ah, which is strange, and it has something to do with the fact that there are basically no other competing entertainment options.

There's not much competition on the road, either. Marfa has one stop light. The next one is 56 miles away.