Paso Texas Landmarks/ Attractions
Cemetery - The El Paso of the 1870s and 80s provided many
chapters (many of them final chapters) in the lives of some of the
most well-known Texas gunfighters. Dallas Stoudenmire, John Wesley
Hardin, his assassin John Selman and Bass Outlaw
to mention a few. J. W. Hardin is buried here.
"From the Chinese section to the poorest graves marked only
by a cross made from two pieces of rebar, a very strong feeling
of the past is evoked, despite (or maybe because of) its change
into an urban setting with adjacent freeway overpasses." -
Paso Union Depot
circa 1906 - AMTRAK station.
Behind the Convention Center.
National Memorial -
Paisano St. and San Marcial St.
Speedway Park - Auto racing, 915-857-3478
- 915-521-1850. Admissions.
4001 E. Paisano St. near the Bridge of the Americas.
of the Lower Valley
1700 McKinley El Paso, Texas 79930
Patrol Museum - 915-759-6060
4315 Transmountain Rd. (Loop 375)
Paso Centennial Museum
University Ave. and Wiggings Rd.
University of Texas at El Paso campus.
El Paso Holocaust
Museum and Study Center - 915-584-4202
El Paso Museum
of Art - 915-532-1707
Kress Collection, and Mexican and Southwestern art.
Tues. - Sat. 10AM - 5PM, Sun. 1-5PM
Santa Fe St. and San Antonio St.
El Paso Museum
of History - 915-759-8585
I-10 and Loop 375
6900 Hueco Tanks Road No 1 El Paso TX 79938
Mountains State Park
1331 McKelligon Canyon Road El Paso TX 79930
Home State Historical Park
1120 Magoffin Avenue El Paso TX 79901
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El Paso Landmarks
Architecturally, El Paso has many (but not all) of West Texas' crown
jewels. Included are the Bassett Tower (c.1930), The Hotel Cortez
(1926), The Kress Building (1937) The Alhambra Theater (1914),
The Merrick Building (1887), the Railroad
Station and El Paso High.
Bassett Tower c.1930
Real National Scenic Byway
by Delbert Trew
The old road "Camino Real" or Royal Road may not be the oldest road
in America but was completed in 1598... It begins at the San Juan
Pueblo in northern New Mexico, goes 400 miles south to El Paso then
on another 1,200 miles to Mexico City. The U.S. designated it a National
El Paso as Movie Location
El Paso also has a film commission. Recent films in and around El
Paso have been scenes from Dead Man's Walk (Salt Flat), Courage
Under Fire, Blue Sky (an appropriate title) and the recent
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Cathedral El Paso Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
in a Pecan Shell
The History and
Culture of El Paso go back to 1598 and earlier. El Paso and
Ciudad Juarez are the largest border cities on the Texas/ Mexico
border. The battles fought for control of Juarez during the Mexican
Revolution were observed with great interest by El Pasoans who stood
on freight cars to watch. The story is told that the victorious Francisco
"Pancho" Villa (after accepting the surrender of the Federal troops)
invited the defeated General to dinner in El Paso. The defeated general
accepted, but they started fighting again - this time over who would
pay the check.
The El Paso of the 1870s and 80s also provided many chapters (many
of them final chapters) in the lives of some of the most well-known
Texas gunfighters. Dallas Stoudenmire, John Wesley Hardin,
his assassin John Selman and Bass Outlaw to mention
a few. J. W. Hardin is buried in El Paso's Concordia Cemetery.
Newspaper Tree by Mike Cox
Paso's Austin High School 1943 Yearbook by Mike Cox
Island Considered Atomic Test Site by Mike Cox
July 16, 1945 saw three dawns. At 5:29.45 a.m. Mountain War Time,
scientists detonated the world’s first atomic bomb 171 miles north
of El Paso at a site on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range
in New Mexico... more.
del Rey by Delbert Trew
"This historic old salt lake... has been providing 99 2/5 percent
pure salt since before America was discovered. It covers about 640
Paso and the Battle of Juarez by Mike Cox ("Texas
On June 29, during a gun battle in Juarez, Mexico, seven stray AK
47 rifle rounds flew across the Rio Grande and hit city hall in
downtown El Paso... Nearly a hundred years have gone by since the
last time it happened...
Patrol Shootout on the Rio Grande El Paso (1916)
from "Border Patrol: With the U.S. Immigration Service on the Mexican
Boundary 1910-54" by Clifford Alan Perkins
Flu by Mike Cox ("Texas
" In El Paso, east-west railroad traffic and the routine rotation
of troops at Fort Bliss carried the disease to the Southwestern
desert, an area generally noted for its healthfulness. On September
30, 1918, El Paso papers casually noted that some people in the
city had the flu, but the situation worsened daily.... more"
of 1895 by Mike Cox ("Texas
"... In a good year, which is to say an average year, the city
at the Pass of the North enjoys only nine inches of rain. But in
the spring of 1895, what fell from the sky was dust... more
by Mike Cox ("Texas
July 16, 1945 saw three dawns.
At 5:29.45 a.m. Mountain War Time, scientists detonated the world’s
first atomic bomb 171 miles north of El Paso at a site on the Alamogordo
Bombing and Gunnery Range in New Mexico.
Lady in Blue by Bob
Bowman ("All Things Historical" column)
Notice by Mike Cox ("Texas
William A. Keleher’s first assignment as a Times staff writer was
what’s known as a death watch. General Victoriano Huerta, former
Mexican president, had been living in exile in El Paso. But the
73-year-old newsmaker would not be living anywhere much longer.
When Huerta died on Jan. 13, 1916, Keleher wrote the obit. It appeared
on page one the following morning. Positive as that was, it turned
out to be the last newspaper story Keleher ever wrote. ...
among the dead - Richard Andis and Concordia Cemetery, El Paso,
Texas by Mike Cox
Railroad Trip from San Antonio to El Paso by Mike Cox
Fuller by Clay Coppedge
He played the teen venues in El Paso and billed himself "The Southwest
King of Rock and Roll." The El Paso Herald Post in 1964 declared,
"England has the Beatles, but El Paso has Bobby." ... more
|View Of Franklin
Mountains from twelfth floor of the current El Paso County courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry
Paso Tourist Information
El Paso Convention and Visitor's Bureau:
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/
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claims to be the oldest town in Texas, using 1716 as the date. Now,
the Dallas Morning News Texas Almanac and the Univ Texas Handbook
of Texas, on line, say it 'aint so. They say Ysleta and Socorro
of ElPaso were est. ~ 1680-2, which is an earlier date even
using public school math. I suspect there's some 'school pride'
in this Nacogdoches-ites claim, but is there a real, non-tall-tale
truth for claiming to be the oldest? Or maybe Mr.
Bowman has this covered somewhere? - J R Overton, May 04, 2004
You don't know
how glad I was to find this article...thanks so much. It is really
a great piece of history right in our backyard. - Joshua, 19/Jun/2002
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