Uncovered Texas

Santa Fe


Duncanville

This area was first settled in the 1840s and 1850s by pioneer farmers and ranchers. In 1881 the Chicago, Texas & Mexican Central Railroad extended a line here and constructed a switching station. John Duncan, who lived in the vicinity, was instrumental in securing railroad right-of-way. As a result,....

Historical Marker - Duncanville.


Lakeside Sugar Refinery

The Sugar Industry, which began in Texas before the Civil War (1861-65), was revived in the late 1800s by cheaper refining methods. One of the leading sugar producers in Colorado County was William Dunovant. In 1898 he and several men from Eagle Lake built the Cane Belt Railroad to take cane to the ....

Historical Marker - Eagle Lake.


Railroads Came to El Paso

From out of the West came the Southern Pacific, 19 May 1881. Down from the North came the Santa Fe, 11 June 1881. The Texas & Pacific arrived from the East on 26 December 1881. Followed a few months later by the Mexican Central from the South, 10 May 1882. So it was with side rods flashing, whistles....

Historical Marker - El Paso.


Church of St. Clement, The

In 1870 the Reverend Joseph Wilkin Tays was sent to Franklin, now El Paso, to organize, and become the pioneer priest, of the Episcopal Church of St. Clement, which was the first church in El Paso, and the first non-Roman church between Brownsville, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Services were firs....

Historical Marker - El Paso.


Sunset Heights

Originally platted as Satterthwaite's addition to the city of El Paso, Sunset Heights was one of the first planned residential subdivisions in the country. New York native J. Fisher Satterthwaite developed the area, which was named in a newspaper contest. Construction began in 1884 and continued unt....

Historical Marker - El Paso.


Hotel Paso Del Norte

This brick and terra cotta structure was the "dream hotel" of early El Paso businessman and promoter Zach White. White came to the town in 1881 and recognized El Paso's great potential as a gateway to Mexico. He worked hard to help the city realize that potential by building the Santa Fe Internation....

Historical Marker - El Paso.


Chihuahuita

"Chihuahuita Chihuahuita (Little Chihuahua) was settled by Ricardo Brusuelas, who received a land grant from Spanish authorIties in 1818 and developed a prosperous ranch. After 1848, when the Rio Grande became part of the U.S.-Mexico border, new settlers arrived to farm the land. With the coming of ....

Historical Marker - El Paso.


Camino Real

For more than 200 years the Camino Real, or Royal Road, was the major route for transporting commercial goods from Mexico City and Chihuahua to Santa Fe and Taos. First traveled by Juan de Onate during his 1598 expedition to New Mexico, the Camino Real followed the San Elizario, Socorro, and Ysleta ....

Historical Marker - El Paso.


Camino Real

For more than 200 years the Camino Real, or Royal Road, was the major route for transporting commercial goods from Mexico City and Chihuahua to Santa Fe and Taos. First traveled by Juan de Onate during his 1598 expedition to New Mexico, the Camino Real followed the San Elizario, Socorro, and Ysleta ....

Historical Marker - El Paso.


El Paso County, C.S.A.

Voted 871 to 2 for secession. At start of Civil War Minutemen were organized to provide frontier protection. The San Elizario Spy Company was mustered into Confederate service on July 11, 1861. El Paso was the springboard and supply point for 1861-2 Arizona - New Mexico campaign to give South a Paci....

Historical Marker - El Paso.



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