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Fray García de San Francisco

Founder of the Pass of the North, 1659

 

—By Sculptor John Houser —

 
Fray García de San Francisco Marker - English image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
1. Fray García de San Francisco Marker - English
Inscription.
English:
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.

This plaque is dedicated in memory of
Josephine Leavell Polk.

Spanish:
Fray García de San Francisco
Fundador de El Paso del Norte, 1659
Realizado por el Escultor John Houser
Fray García nació en Castilla la Vieja, España, y viajó a México en 1629 donde ingresó en la orden de los Franciscanos y ejerció su ministerio en la provincia de Nuevo México. En 1659 estableció la Misión de los Indios Mansos de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en El Paso del Norte, una situación estratégica a lo largo de El Camino Real. Este hecho dió lugar a la
Fray García de San Francisco Marker - Spanish image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
2. Fray García de San Francisco Marker - Spanish
fundación de las ciudades gemelas internacionales de El Paso, Texas y Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua. La escultura muestra a Fray García durante la construcción de la misión, en su mano derecha sostiene la viga del lintel con el nombre de la misión y el año de su fundación. Las uvas de la misión representan la agricultura europea que él introdujo en esta zona. La misión original aún se encuentra en el centro de Cd. Juárez.

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.
Esta placa está dedicada en memoria de
Josephine Leavell Polk.

 
Erected 1996 by X11 Travelers Memorial of the Southwest.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro marker series.
 
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 map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 194 Pioneer Plaza, El Paso TX 79901, United States of America.
 
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
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By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
3. Fray Garcia de San Francisco Markers
The English version of the marker is located on the left and the Spanish version is on the right.
(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.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Persons
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
4. Fray Garcia de San Francisco Markers
These markers are the two mounted on the base located in the center.
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By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
5. Fray Garcia de San Francisco
Pioneer Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
6. Pioneer Plaza
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By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
7. Fray Garcia De San Francisco
Founder of the Pass of the North, 1659
Marker at base of statue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,887 times since then and 195 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 13, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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