San Jacinto Plaza, El Paso

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San Jacinto Plaza, El Paso, Texas 79901

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    San Jacinto Plaza and alligators

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    URSZULA (matcrazy0) AT SAN JACINTO PLAZA, EL PASO
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    San Jacinto Plaza in the heart of downtown El Paso is often called just Plaza by locals. This public square with trees, benches and fountains was also known as "La Plaza de Los Lagartos" (alligators) because alligators were placed in a plaza pond until 1965. Despite their teeth and reputation for ferocity, the alligators were not as much a threat to humans as the humans were to the alligators. They were finally moved to the El Paso Zoo in 1965 after two were stoned to death and another had a spike driven through its left eye.

    I would like to see the reptiles there but now there are no alligators, fountains are dry and the Plaza is first of all a transportation center, and a place to watch local people, including some “strange characters", who gather to eat and socialize there. Add pigeons waiting for leftovers from your lunch and high rise buildings including the second highest in El Paso Chase Bank Building (76 m, 250 ft - picture 4) and Cortez Building (picture 5) from 1926.

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