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Antigua Presidencia Municipal (Old City Hall)
Photograph by Ciudad Juarez

The Old Presidency dates back to the nineteenth century. Volcanic stones cover the adobe walls that protect their interiors. This building was a prison and served barricade troops to repel the ferocious attacks of the Apaches and protect travelers on El Camino Real. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the peace treaties were signed with the Indians in this building. The highest authority was the Captain of the Presidio, who was Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico. Paso del Norte was a village inhabited by people of the province. was in this building that the first city council of El Paso del Norte in which it was decided to join the State of Chihuahua and stop being part of New Mexico was held.


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