Tornillo in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
After the Elephant Butte project north of El Paso was completed, agricultural speculation in the area increased. In about 1917, three leading agriculturists, J.B. Dale, Will T. Owen, and Louis J. Ivey, planted 600 acres of cotton in Tornillo. They harvested a successful crop and built the town's first cotton gin. Other farmers and businessmen, attracted by their success, settled here and by the late 1920s, Tornillo boasted several corporations, packing plants, and a cattle feeding operation, as well as several stores and a modern school system.
The town's economy suffered in the Great Depression of the 1930s and never fully revived. Urban growth in nearby El Paso contributed to the decline of the settlement. Tornillo stands today as a symbol of early commercial development in El Paso County.
Erected 1983 by Texas
Location. 31° 26.743′ N, 106° 5.332′ W. Marker is in Tornillo, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is at the intersection of Alameda Avenue (State Highway 20) and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west on Alameda Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the northwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Tornillo TX 79853, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Elizario (approx. 14½ miles away); San Elizario Memorial Plaza (approx. 14½ miles away); Juan de Onate Expedition - 1598 (approx. 14½ miles away); Espejo Beltran Expedition - 1582-1583 (approx. 14½ miles away); a different marker also named San Elizario (approx. 14½ miles away); Salt War (approx. 14½ miles away); Rodriguez-Chamuscado Expedition - 1581 (approx. 14½ miles away); The First Thanksgiving (approx. 14½ miles away).
Categories. • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
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