El Paso County History

  • Features
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  • General County Information The What, Where, When, Why, How, and Who of El Paso County and its Government More...
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  • El Paso History in Japanese dialect
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  • European settlement of El Paso del Norte
  • The arrival of the first Spanish expedition at the Pass of the North in 1581 marked the beginning of more than 400 years of history in the El Paso area...
  • El Paso County Courthouse
  • Thirty-one years is a rather short time for an elegant and magnificent courthouse to exist. But that was the lifetime of one of the "largest and finest county courthouses of its time in Texas..."
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  • San Elizario Walking Tour
  • Welcome to the Self-Guided Tour of the San Elizario Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1997...
  • El Paso County Sheriff's History
  • In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, creating the United States/Republic of Mexico border. The Rio Grande river, which runs through the Pass to the North (El Paso del Norte) to the Gulf Coast, was identified as that border. El Paso County, situated at the westernmost corner of Texas, was organized in 1850.
  • Socorro Mission Preservation Project In 1998, La Purísima Restoration Committee asked the Cornerstones Community Partnerships staff to conduct a Conditions Assessment of their beloved Socorro Mission...
  • Law Library History May 23rd, 2000, marks the golden anniversary of the El Paso County Law Library. From its lofty perch on the twelfth floor of the new El Paso County Courthouse, the Library serves not only the Bench and Bar of El Paso but the general public as well...
  • Magoffin Home State Historic Site
  • Magoffin Home State Historic site tells the story of frontier trade by wagon train, American expansion, Historic ties with Mexico and the advance of refinement on the Southwestern Frontier...
  • Concordia Cemetery, As a freelance photographer with a special interest in western history, I first visited the Concordia Cemetery in 1991. Quite frankly, it was in terrible shape; neglected, heavily vandalized, and evidently abandoned...
  • JAMES WILEY MAGOFFIN
  • Born in Kentucky, James Wiley Magoffin ventured to Mexico in the early 1820s seeking adventure and opportunity. There he married the socially prominent Maria Gertrudis Valdez de Veramendi in 1834. His business sense and respect for Mexican culture won him standing as a trusted trader and merchant on the Santa Fe and Chihuahua Trails. Magoffin's influence extended into politics as he arranged the peaceful surrender of the New Mexico Territory to American forces during the Mexican War.
  • El Paso County in Texas
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  • Texas Mountain Trail
    Heritage tourism news and events from the Guadalupe to the Franklin Mountains, down through the Rio Grande Valley.
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  • El Paso County, TXGenWeb Project
    Old maps, church records, obituaries, lookups and much more from El Paso County and across Texas.
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  • Courthouse Mural
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  • County History
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  • Interactive 360° virtual tour of the 3rd floor atrium mural. Includes art detail, character profiles and advanced study references for educators.