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San Jacinto Plaza

 
 
San Jacinto Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
1. San Jacinto Plaza Marker
Inscription. In 1857, W. T. Smith sold his property which he called "The Town of El Paso" for $6500.00. The buyers were J. S. and H. S. Gillette, J. F. Crosby, J. W. Morton and V. St. Vrain; they had it surveyed by Anson Mills. The map showed downtown El Paso much as it is today, including a "public square" which they donated to the future city of El Paso, incorporated in 1873. This plot of ground, a haven for the weary traveler, has seen and heard the life of this area march by since Spanish colonial times. It saw rumbling ox-drawn carts, the first U.S. soldiers, covered wagons, then Jeff Davis's Camel Corps, stage coaches, the blast of six-guns and the first locomotive whistles, and law and order emerging. The years brought concerts, political and patriotic speeches, presidents visiting and marching soldiers of our wars. It was designated "The Plaza" by the 1889 city fathers, but the 1902 council permanently and officially named it San Jacinto Plaza.
 
Erected 1965 by The State National Bank of El Paso.
 
Location. 31° 45.575′ N, 106° 29.317′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from North Oregon Street south of East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the San Jacinto
San Jacinto Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
2. San Jacinto Plaza Marker
Marker is on the left side of gazebo.
Plaza, near the Oregon Street side. Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Camino Real (a few steps from this marker); Historic Sidewalk Clock (within shouting distance of this marker); The First United States Soldiers to Be Stationed at the Pass of the North (within shouting distance of this marker); El Paso County (within shouting distance of this marker); El Paso's Chinese Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Cortez (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of United States Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Woman's Club of El Paso (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in El Paso.
 
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San Jacinto Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
3. San Jacinto Plaza
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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