El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Fray García de San Francisco
Founder of the Pass of the North, 1659
— By Sculptor John Houser —
Fray García was born in Old Castile, Spain and traveled to Mexico in 1629 where he became a Franciscan priest serving in the Province of New Mexico. In 1659 he established the Manso Indian Mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Pass of the North, a strategic location on the Camino Real. This was the founding of the twin international cities of El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua. The sculpture depicts Fray García in the act of building the mission; in his right hand he holds the lintel beam bearing the name of the mission and year of its founding. The Mission Grape represents European agriculture, which he introduced in the area. His original mission still stands in downtown Cd. Juárez.
The Fray García Monument is the first in a series of twelve monuments commemorating over 400 years of the region's history – the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest.
Bomanite decorative paving courtesy of Andrew and Allyn Echaniz. Architectural design courtesy of Perspectiva.
Josephine Leavell Polk.
Fundador de El Paso del Norte, 1659
Realizado por el Escultor John Houser
El monumento a Fray García es el primero de una serie de doce monumentos que conmemoran los más de cuatrocientos años de la historia de esta región-Los Doce Viajeros Memorial del Sudoeste.
El pavimento decorativo de Bomanite es por cortesía de Andrew y Allyn Echainz. El diseño arquitectónico es cortesía de Perspectiva.
Josephine Leavell Polk.
Erected 1996 by X11 Travelers Memorial of the Southwest.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1629.
Location. 31° 45.509′ N, 106° 29.338′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is at the intersection of South El Paso Street and Pioneer Plaza, on the right when traveling north on South El Paso Street. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Paso (here, next to this marker); Pioneer Plaza (here, next to this marker); El Paso's First Newspaper (a few steps from this marker); LULAC (a few steps from this marker); The Woman's Club of El Paso (a few steps from this marker); The First Kindergarten in Texas (a few steps from this marker); Hotel Paso Del Norte (within shouting distance of this marker); A City Is Born (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
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