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  • 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.





    William Ford was appointed El Paso's first Sheriff in 1852. Sheriff Ford's duty was to keep the peace for the County's nearly 1,000 citizens.









    El Paso was part of the Old Wild West that played host to such colorful characters as Pancho Villa, William Billy the Kid Bonny, and history's deadliest gunfighter, John Wesley Hardin.







    El Paso and her sister city across the border, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, have developed from a lawless trading post and mission, into a modern and progressive region, forming the world's largest binational metroplex.





    El Paso and Ciudad Juarez have a combined estimated population of two million people. The International Ports of Entry average 16,500 pedestrians and 49,500 vehicle crossings every day.

    Today, with 1,058 square miles to protect, the El Paso county Sheriff's Office proudly serves the more than 700,000 residents of this border community.
 
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