31°30'18"N 106°9'15"W (31.505072, -106.154129)
Along the Rio Grande
Highway 20 - one mile SW of I-10
25 Miles SE of Downtown El Paso
Population: 8,257 (2010) 8,043 (2000) 5,599 (1990)
in a Pecan Shell
The region was occupied in the 17th century when a mission stood just
SE of present-day Fabens. A stagecoach stop existed just NE of the
town in the 1870s but it wasn’t until 1900 when a man named Eugenio
Pérez opened a store here.
With the arrival of the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad,
Fabens’ status increased and Pérez’ store was granted a post office
in 1906. The name came from a railroad official named George Fabens.
By 1914 the population was estimated to be 100 but the Mexican Revolution
swamped the town ten fold with refugees fleeing the conflict on the
other side of the river.
Fabens was platted in 1911 and in 1916 the opening of the Franklin
Canal lured investors wanted to buy irrigated cotton
fields. From a population of just 50 in the mid 1920s (the Mexican
refugees had returned to Mexico by this time) it rose to around 2,000
by the end of that decade.
The Great Depression reduced the population, but not as severely as
most Texas towns. There
was an estimated 1,600 residents in the early 1930s, growing to 1,800
by the end of the decade.
Each ensuing decade added population and by the 1990 census there
were nearly 5,600 people. It rose again by 200 to over 8,000.
Hotel Here > Fabens
Message on back
"Here is a picture I had taken while guarding the International
Bridge at Fabens, Texas. We only carried one Bandiller of ahells in
the day time and two at night, besides our cartridge belt. You can
see the Mexican town at my back across the Rio Grande River. This
bridge made me think of the Gilpen Bridge but I have never got home
April 1972, Fabens served as a location for the filming of the Sam
Peckinpah film “The Getaway”. The crime drama, starring Steve McQueen
and Ali MacGraw was replete with explosions, car chases and intense
shootouts. The film would become Peckinpah's and McQueen's biggest
financial success to date, earning more than $25 million at the box
Fabens is located along Interstate Highway 10. Most visitors only
stop for short periods of time to eat at one of the several restaurants
or stay overnight in the hotel.
The name Fabens comes from an attorney named George Wilson Fabens
who worked for the railroad. As the railroad was being built, new
towns were named after railroad employees. Mr. Fabens was born on
October 29, 1857 and died in 1939. " - William
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