El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Smeltertown grew into a small city within a city and was home to ASARCO brick and cement plants, and a limestone quarry. The settlement was divided into upper and lower Smeltertown, or El Alto and El Bajo, and within these areas were smaller barrios. The only one remaining today is La Calavera, or Skull Canyon, laid out along the road to the Smeltertown Cemetery. Smeltertown was home to its own Y.M.C.A. branch and schools, most notably E.B. Jones School. Throughout the area, residents established organizations, stores, restaurants and other businesses, and named streets after residents who died in military
In the early 1970s, after environmental officials found high levels of lead contamination in the soil, community buildings were razed and families were relocated. Today, an annual reunion brings former residents together to remember the once vibrant and bustling Smeltertown.
La Esmelda creció en una pequeña ciudad dentro de la ciudad grande. El asentimiento se vio dividido en las áreas de La Esmelda Alta y Baja, dentro de las cuales se ubicaban los barrios. El único que existe hoy día es el barrio “La Calavera.” La Esmelda contaba
A principios de la década de los 70, autoridades ambientalistas encontraron altos niveles de contaminación de plomo en el suelo. Las instalaciones comunitarias fueron demolidas y las familias trasladadas. Actualmente, se reúnen anualmente los antiguos residentes con el fin de recordar La Esmelda que en su tiempo fue una comunidad llena de vitalidad y energía.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13137.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 31° 47.174′ N, 106° 31.6′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Ewald Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79922, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madero Camp (here, next to this marker); El Paso Del Rio Del Norte (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in New Mexico); International Boundary and Water Commission (approx. ¼ mile away in New Mexico); Fort Bliss Officers' Quarters (approx. 1.8 miles away); El Paso del Rio del Norte (approx. 2 miles away); The Camino Real (approx. 2 miles away); Major Simeon Hart (approx. 2 miles away); Capt. James W. Magoffin (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
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Additional keywords. Company Towns
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