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El Paso and El Paso County

El Paso is a large city with a population of over 600,000 located on the border with Mexico just South of New Mexico. El Paso can trace its origins back to settlements established in 1598 during the Juan de Onate Expeditions, and later a settlement from 1827 by Juan Maria Ponce de Leon. It is the largest U.S, city along the border across from the largest Mexican city along the border, Juarez. El Paso is the county seat of El Paso County.

Chamizal National Memorial

The Chamizal National Memorial honors the peaceful settlement of a long-term border dispute between the United States and Mexico. The border was accepted to be along the Rio Grande (US name)/Rio Bravo (Mexican name) as per the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the US-Mexican War in 1848. In 1864 there was massive flooding which altered the course of the river starting a border dispute that would last almost 100 years. Several attempts to solve the dispute failed until President John F. Kennedy initiated the Chamizal Convention to resolve the location of the border with Mexican President Lopez Mateos. The dispute was resolved peacefully in 1963. It is nice to see two countries resolve a dispute in peace!

State Parks and Other Attractions

There are three state parks either inside El Paso or very close by: Magoffin Home State Historic Site; Franklin Mountains State Park; and Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. I will cover all three on this page.

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  • Last visit to El Paso: Feb 2016
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