BIG BEND COUNTRY
El Paso, Texas:
A West Texas City with Charm, History & Charisma history is ingrained in the lifeline of Texas E andl Paso’s Mexico. The city grew from earlier settlements
dating back to the Juan de Oñate expedition in 1598 and a settlement by Juan Maria Ponce de León in 1827, although area missions predate that civil settlement by almost 150 years. El Paso is the largest United States city on the Mexican border and neighboring Juárez, is Mexico’s largest border city. The combined populations are about two million. Mission: Possible. Located in El Paso’s Lower Valley, are three stately adobe churches that remain as living testaments to the faith of the Spanish and Indian ancestors. The Ysleta Mission, established in 1682, is the cornerstone of the Ysleta del Sur Indian Pueblo. Two miles east on Socorro Road is the Socorro Mission, first built in 1682. Six miles farther east is the San Elizario Chapel that was established in 1789. A City of Attractions. El Paso has a myriad of things to do on your trip. From incredible Soutwestern landscapes, to cultural sites to sporting events, the city has a vibrancy about it that exudes uniqueness. You can’t go to El Paso and not visit the Magoffin Homestead. The home is an 1875 territorial style homestead of one of El Paso’s prominent founders. The homestead is still preserved as a museum with original family artifacts. Plan on visiting McKelligon Canyon Park & Amphitheatre. This 90-acre park, located in El Paso’s Franklin Mountains, is open to hikers and picnickers. A special feature of the park is the 1,500-seat amphitheatre, surrounded on three sides by dramatic canyon walls. A variety of concerts, a Shakespeare Festival and the VIVA EL PASO! outdoor musical drama are presented here each summer. Downtown Walking Tour. A 90-minute, self-guided walking tour beginning in San Jacinto Plaza, original site of Ponce de Leon’s ranch, winding through El Paso’s downtown historic district and ending on Mills Street at the Kress Building, home of the
famous dime store from 1938-1997. The tour includes several architecturally identifiable buildings, many of them designed by notable architect Henry C. Trost. For instance, the once elegant, and restored Plaza Theatre with its unique twinklingstar-and-floating-cloud ceiling is a can’t miss. Then, visit the beautifullyrestored Camino Real Hotel with its stained-glass dome ceiling, and other noteworthy buildings mastering many architectural styles. The Racing Life. Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino features state-of-the-art slot machine gaming, live horse racing, simulcast wagering, four dining options, Las Vegas-style buffet, live entertainment, big name concerts, convention space and meeting rooms. Unique Shopping. “The hottest salsa company in the land,” said the New York Times. For more than 20 years, Park Kerr and his mother Norma have shared their love for chiles and the unique products of the Southwest by creating and producing epicurean delights and decorative items that combine the piquant tastes of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Everything from salsas, barbecue sauces, margarita mixes and snack items to gift baskets and eclectic gift ideas can be found on the premises. Familyowned and operated, The El Paso Chile Company’s original store is located in historic downtown El Paso at 909 Texas Avenue. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mail order and shipping available. El Paso’s Barnett Harley-Davidson offers the world’s largest selection of motorcycles. Stop in for the largest selection of gear, accessories, and collectables. This venue is a motorcycle rider’s dream. The Sporting Life. El Paso is home to a variety of sporting opportunities. If you like golf, then venture over to Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course. This championship desert-style, 27-hole golf course has been given 4 1/2 stars and ranked second best municipal golf course in the nation by Golf Digest. Contact Information. For more information on El Paso, visit their website at www.visitelpaso.com or call (800) 351-6024.
Published on Jan 23, 2009
Published on Jan 23, 2009
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