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El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Franklin Mountains

 
 
The Franklin Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. The Franklin Mountains Marker
Inscription. Cabeza de Vaca Peak, elevation 7,152, is eight miles north from where you stand on the scenic point. History records that these rugged limestone mountains, from which stones were hewn and spring water was drawn to build El Paso, were named for the early-day settler, Franklin Coontz.

The southern point of these mountains has served through the centuries as a beckoning guidepost to a friendly haven for the natives, weary pioneers and modern-day travelers.

Here the first lighted air-beacon between the West Coast and the Mississippi was erected in 1928.

On the slope above you, at Christmas time, a huge and bright star sheds its light upon the grateful peoples of El Paso and our sister city of Juarez.
 
Erected 1962 by The State National Bank of El Paso.
 
Location. 31° 46.956′ N, 106° 28.786′ 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 Rio Grande Irrigation Project (here, next to this marker); The Rainmakers of 1891 (here, next
Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook
The Franklin Mountains Marker is the first marker on the left.
to this marker); El Paso Lower Valley Missions/ Cordova Island/ The City and County of El Paso (here, next to this marker); The Rio Grande Rectification Project (a few steps from this marker); The Chamizal Settlement (a few steps from this marker); Mount Cristo Rey/ The Gadsden Purchase/ El Paso Smelting Works (a few steps from this marker); El Paso International Airport / The Butterfield Trail / Refinery Area (a few steps from this marker); The City of El Paso / Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in El Paso.
 
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Wide view of The Franklin Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 19, 2013
3. Wide view of The Franklin Mountains Marker
The Franklin Mountains image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 19, 2013
4. The Franklin Mountains
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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