El Paso County Government History

  • The Histories of El Paso and Surrounding Areas
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  • County Information

  • The What, Where, When, Why, How, And Who of El Paso County and its Government.
  • County History
    The History of El Paso del Norte The arrival of the first Spanish expedition at the Pass of the North in 1581 marked the beginning of more than 400 years of history in the El Paso area. As explorers approached the Rio Grande from the south, Spanish explorers in the colonial period viewed two mountain ranges rising ...
  • Courthouse History
    El Paso County Court House Thirty-one years is a rather short time for an elegant and magnificent courthouse to exist. In the annals of great architecture such buildings have barely reached infancy. But that - thirty-one years - was the lifetime of one of the "largest and finest county courthouses of its time in Texas." It was built in El Paso after the city became the county seat of El Paso County in early 1884.
  • Sheriff History
    In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, creating the United States/Republic of Mexico border. The Rio Grande river, which runs through the Pass to the North (El Paso del Norte) to the Gulf Coast, was identified as that border. El Paso County, situated at the westernmost corner of Texas, was organized in 1850.
  • Faben's Library History
    History Of Fabens, Texas Early in the 16th century adventurers from Spain pushed their way northward from Veracruz, Mexico, and discovered the great river in the vicinity of Socorro. Wherever the adventurers planted the Spanish flag, so also was planted the cross, symbolizing the Christian faith. Thus, more than 300 years ago, there was established in our part of the world three famous missions; that of Ysleta, Socorro, and San Elizario.
  • Law Library History
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