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El Paso Lower Valley Missions/ Cordova Island/ The City and County of El Paso

 
 
El Paso Lower Valley Missions Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. El Paso Lower Valley Missions Marker
Inscription.
El Paso Lower Valley Missions
Ysleta Mission -- 1681. Ysleta, the oldest community in Texas, claims the most steadily cultivated plot of land in the U.S.
Socorro Mission -- 1682. Regarded as the oldest active parish church in the U.S. Has a unique burying ground and descansas.
San Elizario -- where domestic animals were first introduced and military garrison established in the now continental U.S. by Don Juan de Onate in 1598. The presidio chapel was founded in 1777 and El Paso's first courthouse in 1850 and the first county jail west of San Antonio, where Billy the Kid was once confined. Here is reportedly the oldest building in Texas, the once vice-regal palace and seat of Spanish government. The Salt War monument marks a short and bloody civil conflict.

Cordova Island
This most unique parcel of land on either U.S. Border is a part of Mexico, though lying north of the Rio Grande. This area of 385 acres was once a smugglers haven. In 1899, starting at the Peyton Pacing Co. plant, a channel was dug eastward across the heel of the horseshoe – shaped Cordova Bend to relieve flooding, leaving the easily discernible original riverbed as the boundary.

The City and County of El Paso
El Paso, formerly known
Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook
El Paso Lower Valley Missions Marker is the first marker on the right.
as Magoffinsville and Franklin, was incorporated as a city in 1873. There are 117 square miles and 670 miles of paved streets within the city. El Paso County was established in 1850, covers 847 square miles and has 300 miles of highway, exclusive of the city. The 1960 city population was 276,687 with city – county total of 314,070. El Paso and Juarez are the largest cities of the U.S. - Mexican border, with 1960 combined population of 571,390.
 
Erected 1962 by the State National Bank of El Paso.
 
Location. 31° 46.957′ N, 106° 28.784′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Scenic Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2208 Scenic Drive, El Paso TX 79902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Franklin Mountains (here, next to this marker); The Rio Grande Rectification Project (here, next to this marker); The Rainmakers of 1891 (here, next to this marker); The Rio Grande Irrigation Project (here, next to this marker); El Paso International Airport / The Butterfield Trail / Refinery Area (a few
Wide view of the El Paso Lower Valley Missions/ Cordova Island/The City and County of El Paso Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 19, 2013
3. Wide view of the El Paso Lower Valley Missions/ Cordova Island/The City and County of El Paso Marker
steps from this marker); The Chamizal Settlement (a few steps from this marker); Scenic Drive (a few steps from this marker); William Beaumont General Hospital /Biggs Air Force Base / Fort Bliss (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in El Paso.
 
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Ysleta Mission image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
4. Ysleta Mission
Socorro Mission image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
5. Socorro Mission
San Elizaro Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
6. San Elizaro Chapel
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 915 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   4, 5, 6. 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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