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 service during World War II. The San José del Rio (San José de Cristo Rey Catholic Church) served the residents as a place for worship and social and community activity. Parishioners undertook
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 con su propio centro YMCA así como escuelas, la más notable siendo la escuela E.B. Jones. Los residentes establecieron organizaciones, restaurantes, tiendas, así como otros negocios, designando
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.)
Location. 31° 47.174′ N, 106° 31.6′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Ewald Kipp WayMarker, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about 500 feet southwest of the intersection of Executive Center Boulevard and West Paisano Drive (US-85). Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79922, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of 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); 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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