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

Casa Ortiz

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Casa Otiz Marker
Inscription. Legend says this house was built before 1800. In 1840s, its owner was Jose Ortiz, whose cart train freighted salt from foot of Guadalupe Mountains to Durango; knives, sarapes, clothing to Santa Fe and Llano Estancado. There he traded with Comanches and other wild Indians for dried buffalo hides and meat. He was a "Comanchero, Salinero, Cibolero". Francisca Lujan, the widow of Epifanio Ortiz (1842?-1932), was last of family to live here, in 1940s.

A fine example of New Spain's frontier architecture: thick adobe walls; cottonwood and willow vigas and latias with dirt roof.
 
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survey Committee.
 
Location. 31° 39.281′ N, 106° 18.198′ W. Marker is in Socorro, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from Socorro Road. Touch for map. Marker is hidden from view from the road by a row of trees. You have to turn off the road to see the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10167 Socorro Road, El Paso TX 79927, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Socorro Mission La Purísima (approx. 0.3 miles away); Socorro (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camino Real
Casa Otiz Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Casa Otiz Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Rio Vista Farm (approx. 2.3 miles away); Alderete-Candelaria House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ysleta Plaza (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oldest Mission in Texas (approx. 2.9 miles away); First Mission and Pueblo in Texas (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Socorro.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Casa Otiz image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
3. Casa Otiz
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on December 5, 2012, by Mario Caire of El Paso, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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