In March, 1954, at the urging of Cleofas Calleros, the Women’s Department of the Chamber of Commerce undertook the project of creating an El Paso Historical Society.

Since that time we have collected items pertaining to the history of El Paso and have published a quarterly publication, “Password” with historical articles pertaining to the area.

Our Archives include photos, journals, documents, books and more. Learn more


Lost Restaurants of El Paso by the El Paso County Historical Society.

Jaxon’s, Griggs, and Bill Parks BBQ are all lost, but not forgotten, restaurants of El Paso. Learn the history of these restaurants, complete with pictures and menus, in the El Paso County Historical Society’s new book, “Lost Restaurants of El Paso.”

From El Paso’s earliest days, the mix of travelers who have moved through the Pass City have left their mark on the meals that grace our tables as well as the tables of our lost restaurants, including the Hacienda Café and Café Central.

Pancho Villa could often be found enjoying ice cream baseballs at the Elite Confectionary, a restaurant also featured in the book.

Readers will recognize many of the restaurants and proprietors in the book and will be introduced to others they may not have known.


Books may also be ordered through the Society’s website,, by phone at 915-533-3603 or by email at

COST: $23.80 including tax.

Exhibit: Preserving Local History: El Paso County Historical Society 1953-1986.

Preserving Local History: El Paso County Historical Society 1953-1986. Since 1954 the El Paso County Historical Society has been the driving force of the historic scene of El Paso. EPCHS strives to foster research into the history of the El Paso area; share that history with the public; publish and encourage historical writing pertaining to […]

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The Lorenzen Family Collection: “How We Cook in El Paso”

The Lorenzen Family Collection: How We Cook in El Paso By Joseph Longo This copy of the 1926  cookbook “How We Cook in El Paso”  is part of the  Lorenzen Family Collection. It belonged to Ada Lane Lorenzen, who was an active civic leader and served as president of the El Paso Woman’s Club. She […]

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Here’s how Texas women received right to vote and what role El Paso had

Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America says that the “…Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof: but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations…”  Amendment X strengthens state control […]

The History of the El Paso League of Women Voters: 1940-1967

The History of the El Paso League of Women Voters: 1940-1967

A.Louise Dietrich

The El Paso League of Women Voters was organized in 1919, previously it was the El Paso Equal Franchise League which was organized in 1915, and was the first women’s suffrage organization in El Paso. The League faded away in the 1940s.

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