If you’ve not heard much of Texas, you should at least know a bit about El Paso. After all, it became famous thanks to the song “El Paso” by Marty Robbins which became a hit back in 1959. It’s the most western part of Texas and is close to Rio Grande. It is also the largest one of three cities that forms part of an international metropolitan area, along with Las Cruces and Juarez.
As already mentioned, one interesting fact about El Paso is that it has a different time zone from the rest of Texas. But El Paso has a lot more historical facts that might prove interesting.
- El Paso is home to the famous Plaza Hotel, which was the first high-rise hotel in the city since 1930. It was built by Conrad Hilton at 106 Mills Avenue. Today, the Plaza Hotel remains to be one of the most notable landmarks along the city’s skyline.
- El Paso was where the Margarita came from, or at least legends say so. This has always been the drink of choice when it came to Mexican cuisine, said to be invented by Francisco “Pancho” Morales in a bar in El-Paso-Juarez called Tommy’s Place back in July 4, 1945.
- Ever seen the statue of Christ on top of Mount Cristo Rey? Some people mistake it for a crucifix but it’s actually Jesus Christ making a gesture of blessing. You can tell because of the hands facing downward, as if blessing the people below.
- El Paso is also home to the Doubletree Hotel, a place where the likes of Ali MacGraw, Steve McQueen, and Elvis Presley have been known to stay at back when it was still called the El Paso International Hotel.
- The City’s oldest street is called El Paso Street. It’s so old that it has been tread upon by the likes of Wyat Earp, Billy the Kid, former President William Taft, Pancho Villa, and Pat Garrett. The street was also where the Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight scene was shot back in 1881.
- One of the two Native American reservations in Texas is found in El Paso. The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo was established back in 1682 and until now remains to be a vibrant contributor to the region’s community.
- Although El Paso is well known as the Sun City because of the fact that it experienced 302 days of sun every year, it was once called the Six-Shooter Capital back in the 1800s. Of course, this name wasn’t something to be proud of because it was mainly because of the high lawlessness rates back then.
Next time you visit El Paso or the rest of Texas makes sure to remember their respective time zones. Getting confused as you cross zones can be quite the hassle and it really doesn’t take much to remember it once you know which is which. And while you’re there, don’t forget to visit some of the interesting places mentioned above!