Our 60th Year Preserving and Promoting El Paso County History!
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Burges HouseOur headquarters located at 603 W. Yandell Drive in the Sunset Heights Historic District houses the Jane Burges-Perrenot Research Center and is the home of the Society.
The purpose of the society is to encourage and support research into the history of El Paso and the surrounding area.
Our hours of Operation at Burges House (603 W. Yandell St., El Paso, TX, 79902) are Mondays 9-1, Tuesdays 9-2, Thursdays 9-4 and Fridays from 9-1. Please feel free to call us at 915-533-3603 for more information.
El Paso History Notes - November
1851 - Henry Skillman begins delivering mail from San Antonio to Santa Fe NM via Ponce's Rancho (El Paso). 1867 - Mrs. Arabella Reed opens a private school. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 4th - 1902 - El Paso votes against the $2 poll tax. The rest of Texas votes for. 4th - 1905 - Myar's Opera House is destroyed by fire. 5th - 1930 - Grand Opening of the Hilton Hotel, Conrad Hilton's first high rise hotel. 7th - 1848 - U.S. Army General Orders No. 58 calls for the establishment of an army post at or near El Paso del Norte (Juárez), Mexico. 7th - 1899 - The El Paso Smelter becomes part of ASARCO. 13th - 1850 - John Bartlett, American boundary Commissioner arrives at Magoffinsville. 15th - 1882 - The El Paso Volunteer Fire Department is reorganized into Hose Co. No. 1, No.2, and Hook and Ladder Co. 1. 16th - 1887 - El Paso gets to see pro baseball when St. Louis beats Chicago 14 - 7. 17th - 1887 - The El Paso Browns play the Chicago team and win 14 to 3. 19th - 1888 - The El Paso Irrigation Co. is formed to build what would become the Franklin Canal. 21st - 1867 - The Army garrison at Magoffinsville moves to Concordia. 21st - 1884 - The Reverend Joseph Tays dies of smallpox after officiating at the funeral of a smallpox victim. 22nd - 1902 - El Paso becomes the second city in the U.S. to have a fully metered water supply. 24th - 1881 - The cornerstone is laid for Trinity Methodist Church. 25th - 1850 - Texas accepts $10m from the U.S. to pay off debts and relinquishes claims to territory in New Mexico. 25th - 1912 - Grand Opening of the Hotel Paso Del Norte.
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The Richard Burges Live Oak has been designated as a Famous Tree of Texas! El Paso's first Live Oak was planted in 1914.