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

Scenic Drive

 
 
Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Scenic Drive Marker
Inscription. As early as 1881, El Paso leaders promoted the idea of creating a place along the base of the Franklin Mountains to provide visitors a panoramic view of the area. The automobile brought new attention to the idea, and in 1920, the city council and Mayor Charles Davis approved construction of a scenic drive. Finished in October 1920, the route became a popular attraction. The 1.82-mile drive reaches an elevation of 4,222 feet, 500 feet above the Rio Grande. In 1932, the city contracted to widen and pave the road, and in 1934, Civilian Conservation Corps Company 855 (Fort Bliss) carried out additional culvert work. Scenic Drive continues to attract visitors to the view of El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and the surrounding Chihuahuan desert.
 
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13138.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 31° 46.962′ N, 106° 28.777′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Scenic Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch 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
Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Scenic Drive Marker
of this marker. El Paso International Airport / The Butterfield Trail / Refinery Area (here, next to this marker); William Beaumont General Hospital /Biggs Air Force Base / Fort Bliss (here, next to this marker); The Rio Grande Rectification Project (a few steps from this marker); El Paso Lower Valley Missions/ Cordova Island/ The City and County of El Paso (a few steps from this marker); The Franklin Mountains (a few steps from this marker); The Rainmakers of 1891 (a few steps from this marker); The Rio Grande Irrigation Project (a few steps from this marker); The Chamizal Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
 
Also see . . .
1. (video) Scenic Drive - El Paso, TX - Head On View - YouTube. Scenic Drive in El Paso, TX. This is the driver's view. (Submitted on August 28, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. (video) Scenic Drive - El Paso, TX - Passenger Side View - YouTube. (Submitted on August 28, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
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Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
3. Scenic Drive Marker
Wide view of the Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 19, 2013
4. Wide view of the Scenic Drive Marker
El Paso Texas image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
5. El Paso Texas
View south from marker location.
El Paso from Scenic Drive Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 28, 1996
6. El Paso from Scenic Drive Overlook
El Paso from overlook image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 28, 1996
7. El Paso from overlook
Night view of El Paso and into Mexico from Scenic Drive Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 28, 1996
8. Night view of El Paso and into Mexico from Scenic Drive Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 648 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on August 25, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   5. submitted on October 28, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   6, 7, 8. submitted on August 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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