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6099 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79925
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This stately home located on the Fort Bliss Military Reservation was the former residence of famed WWI general John J. Pershing while he was stationed here during the Mexican Revolution in 1914. Today, it contains artifacts and furniture from the early 20th-Century and other documentary evidence in his preparation of the incursion against Pancho Villa and his forces. Unfortunately, the general's family never joined him because shortly after his arrival in El Paso, his wife and three daughters perished in a San Francisco house fire. Local legend says that the place is haunted, but nevertheless, it is an interesting gem that highlights American history as told from this divisive man, father and general. For information on visits, call the Pershing House office.
Still an active military base today, Fort Bliss has a long history that goes back more than a hundred years in the state of Texas. In that year o f 1849, the post was created to protect the area from Mexican and Indian raids. Over the last century, the base has deployed thousands and thousands of soldiers as well as trained them. On the base, guests can find a visitors center which details its history.
Washington Park is a quiet neighborhood park where you can take a quiet walk or simply enjoy some quality time with loved ones. Famous for hosting the annual Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros: a book fair, it attracts hoards of locals and tourists year after year. It's an ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon enjoying the sights under the warmth of the sun. Perfect for family outings and picnics.
A seemingly ordinary stretch of green, the Lincoln Park is not your run-of-the-mill open green space. Hidden under the Patriot Freeway, this park is home to painted murals, splashed full of colors on the columns of the freeway, done by local artists. The color only becomes more vibrant when the El Paso Car Show unfolds here. Do stop by here when in the city, and really discover the city's creative side.
The Concordia Cemetery is a place of rest that is filled with historical characters of all types, from Mexican presidents and generals to Civil War Vets and even the man once known as the tallest in the world. There is also an interesting story about Chinese laborers buried here that glumly highlights the tumult and exploitation of men working on the American railroads. A very interesting cemetery indeed, guests will also find the graves of Buffalo Soldiers, gunfighters, war veterans and during the Halloween season, don't forget to catch the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, it's a macabre, yet fun event.
The El Paso Zoo, though modest in size and means, aims to preserve and conserve as many species as possible. The 18-acre grounds feature hundreds of different types, from Amur leopards, Asian elephants, Sumatran Orangutans, alligators, and a host of fish and birds. In the morning the tiny tykes can meet sea lions, and on the African Star train, kids can get a really close look at some of the smaller animals, like the African hedgehog or an opossum. Every autumn the zoo puts on a two-day Elephant Festival. Don't miss it!
When in the mood for a picnic, the locals of El Paso head straight to the Ascarate Park. This huge park that spans across an area of 448 acres and has all the requisites for a fun day out. With options like picnic shelters, grill facilities, kids playground, large picnic area and much more, everyone in the family has something to look forward to. For more details, check website.
The sweet fragrance of these beautiful roses will allure you while you are in Memorial Park. The Municipal Rose Garden will fascinate you with its vibrant hues and the different types of roses it displays. The garden features 350 different varieties on more than 1600 rose bushes and it also has a lovely water exhibit in the heart of the garden. There is also a small fish pond that is perfect for kids and adults alike.
This museum located on the eponymous military base pays homage to the United States 1st Armored Division, more affectionately known as 'Old Ironsides'. The first division in WWII to encounter enemy fire. Today, the museum exhibits artifacts about this unit which include weaponry, historical accounts, patches, etc. Additionally, if you have the time, visit the replica Old Fort Bliss located on the same property. Admission is free, however you must have identification to enter the base.
The Chamizal National Memorial, with its large park, museum, gallery and 500-seat amphitheater, is a vibrant multi-functional hot spot for culturally diverse events and activities. The museum educates visitors on the 1963 settling of the US-Mexico border dispute and the amphitheater hosts the annual Siglo de Oro Drama Festival. Visit the website to see complete event calendar.
Biggs Park in El Paso is a big draw among locals looking for some leisure time. This recreational oasis features a playground for kids and several sports fields for fitness enthusiasts. It encompasses a running track, a volleyball field, basketball and tennis courts. Several picnic spots and grills across the landscape are ideal for family outings while their pavilions are available to host private events. Hours for the month of November vary. Do check website for exact details.
Built in 1942, the Biggs Army Airfield stands as the world's largest Army airfield, with a runway 13,354 feet long. The field also hosts the annual aerial spectacular Amigo Airsho, one of El Paso's signature events.