The Union Depot
Attracting thousands of travelers daily, the El Paso Union Passenger Station, or the Union Depot, was a place of hustle and bustle connecting the world for the past 100 years. Opening its doors in 1906, the neo-classical design came from architect Daniel H. Burnham of Chicago and contractor Frank Powers of El Paso. Among its contributions to the growth in El Paso, the Union Depot was also the first international train station and it helped with trade between the United States and Mexico.
Henry Trost and his architecture firm, Trost and Trost, is responsible for many of the buildings in Downtown El Paso. After moving here in the early 1900s, Trost and his younger brother garnered huge success and built El Paso’s first skyscrapers. Among his many buildings are the first ever Hilton hotel, known as The Plaza Hotel, and the White House Department Store. Download the Visit El Paso app to take a self-guided walking tour of the remarkable 10 buildings.
For visitors, locals, and history buffs alike, these five sites are great options to discover. Take on a tour, dig up the past and embrace old El Paso.
The Lhakhang: UTEP’s Cultural Jewel From Bhutan
The Lhakang is open from 11a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and first Saturday of the Month. The exhibit is overseen by the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Parking is available at the Centennial Museum parking lot. Open 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and first Saturday of the Month.