Date: June 1919
Creator: Aultman, Otis A.
Description: Photograph of a pontoon bridge being constructed across the Rio Grande near present day Ascarate Park (lower valley of El Paso) in June 1919. This photo was taken around the last Battle of Juarez (June 15-16, 1919). Soldiers can be seen maneuvering pontoons in the Rio Grande toward the bridge site. On the left side of the photo, soldiers are laying planks across the pontoons. Colonel Selah R. H. "Tommy" Tompkins led the 2nd Cavalry Brigade across three bridges, including this one, into Mexico during the 1919 Battle of Juarez to disperse both revolutionary and federal forces after rifle shots hit the El Paso Stockyards Building, the army's artillery command headquarters at the time. The 2nd Cavalry Brigade crossed the Rio Grande at three fords: San Lorenzo, Senecu, and Zambrano. The pontoon bridge being constructed in the photo more than likely was located at or near the ford of Senecu, as Senecu is said to have been across Ascarate.
Contributing Partner: El Paso Public Library