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

Mount Cristo Rey/ The Gadsden Purchase/ El Paso Smelting Works

 
 
Mount Cristo Rey/ The Gadsden Purchase/ El Paso Smelting Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Mount Cristo Rey/ The Gadsden Purchase/ El Paso Smelting Works Marker
Inscription.
Mount Cristo Rey
High above the point where the states of Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua intersect stands an impressive monument at the summit of Sierra de Cristo Rey, portraying Christ on the cross. The dream of the small parish of San Jose Del Rio Grande was realized when this fifty-three foot high cross was dedicated in 1940.

The Gadsden Purchase
Across the river from the Southwestern Portland Cement Company plant, the products of which have helped build El Paso and the Southwest, is the east-west boundary monument between the United States and Mexico. This line was established by the Gadsden Purchase Treaty of 1853, which added 45,000 square miles to the southern portions of New Mexico and Arizona, through purchase from Mexico for ten million dollars.

El Paso Smelting Works
Nearby can be seen the reaching stacks of this huge plant, which has been in continuous operation since 1887 and is the largest custom smelter in the world, and an important and sustaining factor in the mining development of this area.
 
Erected
Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook (view west) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook (view west)
Mount Cristo Rey/ The Gadsden Purchase/ El Paso Smelting Works Marker is the fifth marker on the left, just where the wall makes a bend.
1962 by the State National Bank of El Paso, Texas.
 
Location. 31° 46.953′ N, 106° 28.794′ 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 of this marker. The Chamizal Settlement (here, next to this marker); The City of El Paso / Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (here, next to this marker); Texas Western College/ The Peace Grove (here, next to this marker); Bien Venido! (a few steps from this marker); The Rio Grande Irrigation Project (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); El Paso Lower Valley Missions/ Cordova Island/ The City and County of El Paso (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
International Boundary Marker #1 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
3. International Boundary Marker #1
1. Mount Cristo Rey. Dedicated in 1940, this monument to Christ was the vision of Fr. Lourdes Costa, a local parish priest, who in 1933 after looking out the back window of his residence in the community of Smeltertown, envisioned erecting a monument at the summit of this glorious mountain. (Submitted on November 19, 2010.) 

2. Gadsden Purchase Treaty : December 30, 1853. A transcription of the treaty signed by Franklin Pierce. (Submitted on November 20, 2010.) 
 
Additional keywords. International Boundaries
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Industry & Commerce
 
Smeltertown and Madero Camp Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
4. Smeltertown and Madero Camp Markers
American Smelting and Refining Company is in backbround.
Monument at the summit of Sierra de Cristo Rey image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 21, 2012
5. Monument at the summit of Sierra de Cristo Rey
View is from West Paisano Drive and Executive Center Boulevard in El Paso.
Vintage Postcard of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Baxtone - Amarillo, Tx.
6. Vintage Postcard of the Monument
Sierra de Cristo Rey
Mountain of Christ the King
"On a summit in New Mexico, about 3 miles west of downtown El Paso, Texas, stands a 42 1/2-foot figure of Christ on the Cross. It can be reached by a winding path a mile long from a point near 85. Each year a pilgrimage is made to it. Along the path there are fourteen Stations of the Cross."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,071 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3, 4. submitted on November 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on October 28, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   6. submitted on February 5, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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