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    Spanish architecture and El Paso Street

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    El Paso Street is located in the heart of El Paso. This is the first and oldest street in the city. Famous folks have walked this street including Wyatt Earp (officer of the law in various Western frontier towns), Billy the Kid (a 19th century American frontier outlaw and gunman), Pat Garrett (an American Old West lawman, bartender, and customs agent who was most known for killing Billy the Kid), Pancho Villa (one of the foremost leaders of the Mexican Revolution, between 1911 and 1920), U.S. President William H. Taft, and the legendary El Paso Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire (an Old West gunman and lawman). On April 14, 1881, the infamous Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight took place on this dusty street between present day East San Antonio Ave. and East Overland Ave.

    But for me the most attractive was architecture of a few old buildings along El Paso Street including this building in my pictures which stands on corner of West Overland Ave. and represents mixed style that reminded me a bit some buildings in Mudejar style I have seen in southern Spain.

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    The amazing Scenic Drive of El Paso

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 24, 2009

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    There is a scenic drive not to be missed ---- it is at Rim Road over the southern tip of Franklin Mountains.

    On the west side, you just take Mesa Street to Rim Rd and turn toward the mountains. Rim Road will turn into the Scenic Drive.

    On the East side, take Alabama Street to Richmond and turn toward the mountains. This Richmond turns again into Scenic Drive.

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    Wine Tasting in El Paso

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 25, 2009

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    My kids and I left my wife and her best friend shopping at the huge outlet store in El Paso, so we had to go and look for something to do…how about wine-tasting, hehehe…
    So I read about the oldest winery in New Mexico called the La Vina Winery, which the mag says provides “Estate Bottled” New Mexico Wines…

    And there was also another winery on the same brochure (must be the sister company?) called the Zin Valle Vineyards which is just 3 miles south of La Vina. I decided to go to the former.

    So, I was ready to have my “Falcon Crest” Experience, driving in my luxurious new Lexus with my kids buckled up in their carseats and I entered the gates of the winery…actually the rocks on the entrance kinda scared me that my tires might get stones in them. But, nevertheless, I braved the rocky pathway and saw that there was truck by the winery and they were unloading stuff….I was thinking I could buy some wine for my friends (bring some on a VT Meet)

    I entered the small building with a nice patio with flowers and tables/chairs, and a man approached me and he seemed to be in a rush – “We’re not open because we are preparing for an event”. He said it in a nice way and I asked, “Are you the Owner?” He answered yes, and I praised him for having such a great place and said I will return (unfortunately I cam e in on a Tuesday which was by appt only)….But unfortunately, I did not because we drove off to Tucson in the next few hours…

    But the La Vina Winery does hold special events (I remember my sister VT member jumppingwithnorman got married in a magical winery in Temecula)…so maybe call before you visit this place and see if something is ongoing.
    Zin Valle Vineyards
    7315 Highway 28
    Canutillo, TX at milepost 1 on HWY 28
    Friday-Monday Noon to 5 PM
    By appt, Tuesdays and Thursdays

    La Vina
    4201 S Highway 28, La Union, NM
    575 882-7632
    www.lavinawinery.com
    Finest wine tasting for $5. Tour by appt at 1130 AM (includes tasting) for $10.

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    Driving through the Franklin Mountains

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 25, 2009

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    Franklin Mountains State Park

    After dropping off my wife at the shopping mall, the twins and myself headed off a freeway which brought us into the heart of the Franklin Mountains. It’s amazing that this mountain range cuts through the very heart of El Paso and the city built itself around it.

    There were nice scenic viewpoint and we stopped to take pictures…the parking was very adequate for this scenic views and it was easy to go back on the freeway.

    The park is also a great place for hiking, mountain biking and picknicking, and some available “primitive camp sites”.

    Accessible from Transmountain Road north of El Paso
    915 566-6441

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    The tallest historical monument in Texas

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This bronze statue is 14 feet high and the tallest historical monument in Texas. The one and a half ton statue of Spanish Franciscan monk Garcia in Pioneer Plaza was unveiled in 1996. The priest has long beam with date 1659 and mysterious signs carved on.

    There is a short information on the post: Fray Garcia de San Francisco, founder of the Pass of the North, 1659. El Paso del Norte (the present day Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso), was founded on the south bank of the Río Bravo del Norte, (Rio Grande) in 1659 as little church and mission built by Fray Garcia who came from Spain to New Mexico 30 years earlier. He introduced Native Americans (Indians) to agriculture, irrigation, raising of livestock and cultivation of grapes.

    The Garcia statue is the first of 12 sculptures that form a greater project called XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest. This project "promotes the rich heritage, cultural diversity and attractions of the great city of the Pass of the North and the surrounding region" (link below). The last sculpture is the world's largest equestrian bronze (Don Juan de Oñate) dedicated in El Paso International Airport on April 21, 2007.

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    Mexican Border Notes: Downtown El Paso, Texas USA

    by hsrosen Updated Jan 17, 2008

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    At the end of South El Paso St. is the "Paso Del Norte Bridge". You are about a mile S. of San Jacinto Plaza. The Stanton St. bridge is a short way West and is more for northbound vehicles. At the Paso Del Norte (Pass of the North) bridge you may pay a small fee (about 35 cents US) and walk into Ciudad Juarez entering at Avenida Juarez.
    The bridge arches over the Rio Grande & canals ( Rio Bravo in Mexico). The river is really small. It was popular to stand and watch people making alternate efforts to enter the US.. The border area is popular for clubs, bars, gambling, shopping (souvenirs), pharmacies, medical/dental services, bridal & formal clothing and other items. The tourist markets are available. You may visit the market on 16th of Sept. Ave. ( 1.3 miles) or by the Cathedral. Taxis are availible. English is generally spoken and dollars are fine. A knowledge of Spanish is helpful. Border Spanish has its own style. Always watch your step and be aware of your surroundings.
    Continue south and see the shopping area, the old & new cathedral and the Custom House Museum.
    If you drive to the bridge, there is pay parking. This bridge is for vehicles returning to the US. A toll plaza at the Mexican entry charges fees to cross. At the US side you will need to provide ID and see Customs as needed. Be sure that you meet new U.S. border regulations that may require a passport or crossing card of U.S. citizens to re-enter the United States. Other nationalities need appropriate Visas, entry cards or such for both countries.
    The photo shows the view at the precise border point looking North into the city and to the Franklin Mts. Be sure to have proper Identifications and permits or visas. Drivers passing into Mexico beyond the border area (frontera) will need special paperwork and insurance. Check the consulate or a border insurance agency found in the telephone directory.

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    Climb a mountain, watch a sunrise!

    by xoxoxenophile Updated Feb 12, 2013

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    We stayed at Park Hills Christian Church in El Paso, TX on the way to and from a mission trip to build a house for a family in Juarez. The unique orange circle of a church boasts a beautiful view of both the city of El Paso and the mountain behind the church. On our last night in El Paso before leaving, my boyfriend asked me if I'd like to climb the mountain with him in the morning, and if that would be romantic. I answered yes to both, and so at 5am the next morning, we set off up the mountain. Both tired from three days of dealing with concrete, pounding nails, drywalling, and stuccoing, we didn't quite make it to the top. From where we stopped though, we got a beautiful view of the city lights. It's really interesting because you can perfectly see the line between the U.S. and Mexico--in the U.S. the lights are bright, white, and scattered around, while in Mexico the lights form a hazy yellow blanket over the city of Juarez. My boyfriend and I sat up there reminiscing about the trip and everything that's different and the same in Mexico and the U.S. until the sun rose. Then we wandered back down the mountain in the calm of first daylight.

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    Old Steam Locomotive

    by atufft Updated May 9, 2008

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    Very near the Greyhound Terminal, across from the convention center, within the old downtown plaza area, and inside part of the Union Plaza Transit Terminal, is a small museum devoted to one of the few steam locomotives still in operable condition. It's a beautiful machine with exposed drive rods on the wheels, a visable fire box, and a tinder car behind. This is Locomotive #1 and is one of the oldest such that saw service in the southwest. At first the forest of pine trees in the mountains above barren El Paso was the source of fuel. Later, the fire box and smoke stack were converted for burning coal, and still later everything was changed for burning oil. The museum has regular hours. a good selection of souvenirs, and best of all is free to enter. I browsed the internet but couldn't find a link for this tiny museum, unfortunately.

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    Trains

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 21, 2009

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    The Interstate-10 corridor is a very busy train route across the country. You'll see huge trains running through this area very frequently. Both Union Pacific cargo trains and Amtrak passenger trains use this route heavily.

    El Paso is on Union Pacific's "Sunset Route" that runs from New Orleans to southern California; El Paso is also the southern end of the north-south Tucumcari Line with the northern end in Kansas.

    Amtrak has two major routes that pass through El Paso: the Sunset Limited runs across the entire country from Orlando, Florida to Los Angelas, California; and the Texas Eagle runs from Chicago southwest to San Antonio then due west to Los Angelas with the second half of its journey on the same route.

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    Burges House: El Paso County Historical Society

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Feb 16, 2012

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    Burges was the City Attorney in 1908 and was responsible for writing the City Charter. He was also responsible for helping get Carlsbad Caverns national park status and the creation of the Elephant Butte Dam. His once elegant Classic Revival House with majestic white columns is now the offices of the El Paso County Historical Society. The house sits on a hill as you go up to the UTEP Campus and Scenic Drive

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    Murchison Park

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Feb 17, 2012

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    Murchison Park is operated by the City of El Paso and is located toward the end of the great Scenic Drive in El Paso. It is said to be the ending or beginning point of the Rocky Mountains with the Franklin Mountains. There is a flag pole at the point that is visible from most points of the City. There is also an outer rock point at Murchison Park that you can hike out to with some commanding views of El Paso. Parking is sometimes hard to find and I understand that at night that it is even more difficult.

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    Windmill Farm

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Texas leads the nation in energy production from wind, with west Texas alone producing 25% of the nation's wind power. West Texas produces more wind energy than all but four nations in the world. You will see dozens of windmills along I-10 in the western part of the state.

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    The El Paso Texas scenic Drive

    by lashr1999 Updated Oct 29, 2005

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    The El Paso Texas scenic Drive was built in the 1920's. The drive reaches an elevation of 4222 feet. It was built on the base of the Franklin mountains and provides a panoramic view of El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and the Chinunaun Desert.

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  • crossing the border

    by jeeyberg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the number one reason for visiting El Paso, going from a land of ostentatious wealth to a land of less obvious wealth. Walking across the bridge, after paying a small toll, stop at the actual border, where both flags fly.
    Look down and read the commentary painted on the cemented banks of the Rio Grande (aka Rio Bravo). Going over may not take long, but the return is often long due to the huge numbers going through customs. Under no circumstance bring a gun/bullets/etc. Napoleonic Law rules Mexico, and you'll go to jail first if caught with those items.

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    Magoffin Home State Historic Site

    by Basaic Written May 4, 2012

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    In 1875, pioneer politician and businessman Joseph Magoffin built this magnificent Territorial style home out of adobe with Greek Revival architectural details. The home is filled with original furnishings from the Magoffin Family. The Magoffin family called this home for 111 years. Today it is open as a museum showing how an affluent family lived on the frontier of the west in the late 1800s. Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM. There is a nice garden and a few picnic tables on site. Scheduled for renovation sometime Summer 2012.

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