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Magoffinsville

 
 
Magoffinsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Magoffinsville Marker
Inscription. One of four population centers during the early period of American settlement of the present El Paso area, Magoffinsville was founded by Kentucky native James Wiley Magoffin (1799-1868). In 1849, he began acquiring land in this vicinity. The headquarters of his property was at Magoffin and Willow streets (10 blks. E). There he built a large home and buildings to serve his trading, ranching, and farming activities.

Magoffinsville became the center of social and business activities for the area and travelers often were given rest in the Magoffin home. From 1854 until 1868, Fort Bliss, a United States Army post, was located at Magoffinsville on leased land.

During the Civil War, Magoffin's property was confiscated by Federal forces and his home was badly damaged. After the war, Magoffin, in poor health, moved to San Antonio, where he died in 1868. The following year his widow, Dolores, and eldest son, Joseph, regained some of the property. Joseph began selling parcels of the land and by 1873 was an organizer of the El Paso Real Estate Trust and Immigration Company. His home at this site (1110 Magoffin Avenue), although not a part of Magoffinsville, was built in 1875 in the style of the original Magoffin Home.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3184.)
Magoffinsville Marker (on right) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Magoffinsville Marker (on right)

 
Location. 31° 45.757′ N, 106° 28.642′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Magoffin Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1110 Magoffin Avenue, El Paso TX 79901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Magoffin Homestead (here, next to this marker); Nine of Primitive El Paso's Patriotic Heroes (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Martin Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Singer Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church of El Paso (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elite Confectionary (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hotel Cortez (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Wesley Hardin (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in El Paso.
 
Also see . . .
1. Magoffinsville Had Lasting Influence on El Paso. (Submitted on November 22, 2010.)
2. James Wiley Magoffin. A biography of James Magoffin from the Magoffin Home State Historic Texas Historical Commission website. (Submitted on November 22, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Magoffin Home image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
3. Magoffin Home
Fort Bliss Replica Museum (1948) image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 20, 2013
4. Fort Bliss Replica Museum (1948)
Built to commemorate one hundred years of U.S. military presence in El Paso, it recreates the buildings and living conditions of Fort Bliss at Magoffinsville (1853-1868).
Fort Bliss Replica Museum (1948) image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 20, 2013
5. Fort Bliss Replica Museum (1948)
Built to commemorate one hundred years of U.S. military presence in El Paso, it recreates the buildings and living conditions of Fort Bliss at Magoffinsville (1853-1868).
 
 
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