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

Casa Ortiz

 
 
Casa Otiz Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Casa Otiz Marker
Inscription.  

Legend says this house was built before 1800. In 1840s, its owner was Jose Ortiz, whose cart train freighted salt from foot of Guadalupe Mountains to Durango; knives, sarapes, clothing to Santa Fe and Llano Estancado. There he traded with Comanches and other wild Indians for dried buffalo hides and meat. He was a "Comanchero, Salinero, Cibolero". Francisca Lujan, the widow of Epifanio Ortiz (1842?-1932), was last of family to live here, in 1940s.

A fine example of New Spain's frontier architecture: thick adobe walls; cottonwood and willow vigas and latias with dirt roof.
 
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 745.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
 
Location. 31° 39.281′ N, 106° 18.198′ W. Marker is in Socorro, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from Socorro Road. The marker is hidden from view from the road by a row of trees. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10167 Socorro Road, El Paso TX 79927, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Socorro Mission La Purísima (approx. 0.3 miles away); Socorro (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Camino Real (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rio Vista Farm (approx. 2.3 miles away); Alderete-Candelaria House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ysleta Plaza (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oldest Mission in Texas (approx. 2.9 miles away); First Mission and Pueblo in Texas (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Socorro.
 
Casa Otiz Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Casa Otiz Marker
Casa Otiz image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
3. Casa Otiz
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 988 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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