Monday, January 23, 2017

MORE SIGHTSEEING IN EL PASO, TX

Saturday, January 21 – It is rainy, windy, and pretty chilly here in El Paso, Texas. Winds on our weather station were registering 26 mph with gusts of 38 mph. Coupled with the rain and low temperatures, it wasn't the greatest day for sightseeing. Regardless, we have things to do and places to see! (click on any photo to enlarge it)

Our first visit this morning was the Chamizal National Memorial.

Chamizal National Memorial.

The Memorial celebrates the peaceful settlement of a dispute over the international boundary at El Paso, Texas and Cidad Juarez, Mexico. After decades of arguing about who owned a piece of land shaped and reshaped by the meandering Rio Grande river, the question was finally settled by diplomacy and technology. The river was diverted to a concrete channel for four and a half miles, forming a permanent border between the two nations.

We took this photo from the scenic road in El Paso.Chamizal National Memorial.

The Memorial Visitor's Center is small and takes less than 30 minutes to tour. We started with a short video and then walked through the displays (mostly photograph) reading about the disputed land and how it was settled peacefully. We really enjoyed the Memorial and would recommend it to our traveling friends. The Department of Transportation did an excellent job with this museum.

Chamizal National Memorial.

Chamizal National Memorial.

Chamizal National Memorial.

Chamizal National Memorial.

Marking the boundary required the surveyors to locate points dictated by the Treaty. Without modern technology, they verified longitude and latitude from the moon and star positions.

Chamizal National Memorial.

The Bridge of the Americas was built between El Paso of the The United States and Cidad Juarez, Mexico. So busy is the port of entry, the two cities feel more like one metropolis.

Cidad Juarez, Mexico

Next up was the El Paso Mission Trail tour. The tour consists of three missions – Ysleta Mission, Socorro Mission, and San Elizario Chapel. We stopped at the Trail Visitor's Center. Even though the Internet said they were open on Saturdays, the sign on the door indicated it was closed on weekends.

The first chapel we visited, the Mission Ysleta, was also closed due to reconstruction. The gentleman in the lobby said the remodeling was complete, but they were having difficulty getting an occupancy certificate from the city. We took pictures outside and headed to the Socorro Mission.

Mission Ysleta

MIssion Ysleta

The Mission Socorro was open, and we found it quite beautiful. Paul especially found the ceiling interesting and very attractive. Old timbers with a “reed” style covering. The flooring also caught his eye as unique. Adobe pavers cover the entire floor of the church. Marsha enjoyed the religious statues, and the beautiful alter and side alters. We enjoyed this Mission immensely.

Mission Socorro

Mission Socorro

Gorgeous ceiling.
Mission Socorro

Mission Socorro

Mission Socorro

Mission Socorro

The third and final mission was the San Elizario Chapel. Unfortunately, we found it closed due to reconstruction. Again, we took exterior photos and moved on. Not a great tour with two out of three missions closed, but hopefully the construction will result in a wonderful tour in the future.

San Elizario Chapel

We did enjoy an interesting stop on the way back to the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. We pulled into the Licon Dairy. Having served the community for over 50 years offering freshly made “Azadero” cheese. A thin six-inch disk of soft, mild, string-type Mexican cheese, with or without jalapenos. There is also a free petting zoo and fishing pond, but with the wind and rain we chose not to visit that area. We purchased an Azadero cheese with jalapeno peppers. Delicious.

Licon Dairy

Of course, no visit to El Paso is complete without a photo or two of “the wall.” We had to get some photos taken before the huge, beautiful wall is built.

It is the black wall along the road.the wall

the wall

Looking from El Paso to Mexico, the big red X is visible every where. The 20-story tall sculpture in the shape of a giant "X" is a symbol full of meanings; a mark to welcome people (to Mexico) and to demonstrate the ancestral Mexican culture.

the wall

We really enjoyed our few days sightseeing in El Paso, although if the weather was nicer we would have stayed longer. We do recommend a stop in this city full of culture.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.

 

 

10 comments:

  1. We've seen the Big Red X when driving thru El Paso. However, we've always been coming or going and never stopped. Maybe someday? Enjoy!

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  2. Thanks for the tour, it was abetter to be sightseeing than travelling in these high winds.

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  3. We've been through El Paso many, many times but I've never paid much attention to the big red X. Hmmm.

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  4. We drove into El Paso when we were at Hueco Tanks. It was so windy we could barely see for the blowing dust. Grabbed some things at Walmart and got out of there as soon as we could.
    Thanks for showing us around. Looks like it might be worth going back to explore the city.

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  5. Bill enjoys visiting the boot outlets.

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  6. The Chamizal National Memorial looks like an interesting stop. I love when a significant event can be shared in this way. The missions are beautiful from the outside. Glad at least one was open. What a very cool ceiling! I would have loved to see it in person. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate more.

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  7. I'm hoping our weather is better than yours and the missions are open when we get there. I've added all of this to my list. Good grief, it just keeps growing.

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  8. The mission you saw was beautiful...sorry the other 2 were closed. I can only imagine their beauty after seeing the one that was opened

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  9. Added these to our list, El Paso looks interesting.

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  10. We also love visiting missions. Must have been somewhat disappointing to find two of the three closed. As for the wall, well, I believe you know my thoughts.

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