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Womens History Month

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 […]


Women as Agents of Social Change: El Paso’s Social Housekeepers, 1886-1930

Women as Agents of Social Change: El Paso’s Social Housekeepers, 1886-1930 Red Cross women organizing for a magazine drive during World War I.      (Image located in El Paso County Historical Society archives) 2020  EPCHS Women’s History Exhibit During the late 19th century and early 20th century, El Paso women found their public and […]


Ashley’s Mexican Restaurant and Canning

Ashley’s Mexican Restaurant and Canning was founded in 1931 by George Ashley. The sole investor in the business was George’s business-minded mother, Ida Ashley. Ashley’s Mexican Restaurant was considered a pioneer in the reinvention of Mexican restaurants in El Paso. The business was family run, with George’s wife and children playing a role. Some of the […]


Harry Mitchell Brewery

Many people don’t know about El Paso’s rich beer history. Take a look at some photos we have of El Paso’s prominent post-prohibition brewery owned by Harry Mitchell, as well as others of beer aficionados around town.

Hotel Paso del Norte, 1912

Hotel Paso del Norte and the Camino Real: El Paso’s Premier Hotel

In July 2016, a city council item was approved to begin creating incentives to renovate the Camino Real Hotel in Downtown El Paso. Using a design by Trost & Trost, the original 10-story edifice was built by Zachary T. White in 1912. The 17-story tower, which is a staple of El Paso’s Downtown skyline, was erected in 1985.

Take a look at some of the photographs we have in our collection of this iconic El Paso hotel.

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El Paso jeweler: Angelo N. Lombardi

Thanks to Patrick Lombardi for the recent donation of photos, articles and documents related to his grandfather Angelo N. Lombardi. Angelo Lombardi, pioneer El Paso jeweler, came to El Paso from New York City in 1911, and became manager of the Eddy Foster Manufacturing Co., the largest jewelry business in the Southwest. Until World War […]

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