If you pass through Van Horn, you might be surprised to encounter the beautiful and historic Hotel El Capitan, which was purchased in 2007 by Lanna and Joe Duncan—the same couple responsible for the El Paisano Hotel in Marfa—and renovated to the tune of $2.5 million. Unlike Marfa, whose quirky charms have made it a popular tourist destination, Van Horn is a sparse town with a population of under 2,000. It's within a few hours of both Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns, but there's little that makes Van Horn, whose per-capita income is $13,775, an obvious location for a higher-end hotel with an upscale restaurant/bar on its ground floor. But if you spend an evening in the Hotel El Capitan bar, you're likely to get your first clue: There will probably be some contractors who work with Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin aerospace company enjoying steaks and watching basketball, before heading out in the morning to install, say, a liquid nitrogen system at the "Corn Ranch" facility that Blue Origin operates nearby.
Bezos owns 290,000 acres of West Texas property just outside of Van Horn. On the one hand, that's awesome: Space exploration is fascinating and if a multi-billionaire wants to spend a bunch of money figuring out new and better ways to go to outer space, well, there are a lot of less interesting things he could be doing with that money. Science is cool and there's something nice about the fact that five decades after the Apollo Program began, the home of space exploration is still Texas.
On the other hand, here's a 2006 story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about what Bezos is like as a neighbor: