December 1, 2016

El Paso is a slice from the Wild West. El Paso Street, the city’s first and oldest street, is old enough to have seen the likes of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and others from the lawless days. It was also the street where the infamous “Four Dead In Five Seconds” gunfight took place. 1

The famous statue at Mount Cristo Rey is not a traditional crucifix of Christ. The palms of Christ face downward as a gesture of a blessing. 2

The Tigua Indian Reservation Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso is one of only two Indian reservations in the whole state. 3

“Ore Diggers” and “Muckers” were some of the names considered for the UTEP teams before they became the beloved “Miners.” 4

Chico’s Tacos has become synonymous with El Paso. Since serving their famous rolled tacos to the people in El Paso, Chico’s has appeared on the Food Network on shows like, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” 5 tx monthly credit

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San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso used to be the home to alligators in the late 1800s until the 1960s. 6

One of El Paso’s most famous landmarks is the Plaza Theatre hosting Broadway shows since 1930. Today it hosts the Plaza Classic Film Festival, the largest film festival in the world. 7

El Paso is the only major city in Texas that is on Mountain Standard Time.

Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest urban wilderness state park in the country. Visitors have traveled here for years to see the pictograms and mortar pits, which prove its age.


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