Heritage, Volume 9, Number 4, Fall 1991 Page: 9
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San Elizario Church was completed in 1887 and reconstructed following a fire in 1935. The plaster skin is severely eroded.
with lunch and dinner stops at the Tigua
restaurants, at the Adobe Horseshoe in
San Elizario, or, back in Ysleta, at Gabriel's
across the street from the Ysleta Mission?
In dollar terms, the millions of dollars spent
by visitors have a tremendous influence on
the El Paso economy. Tourism is the city's
second largest industry. Between 1980 and
1987, visitors contributed more than $4.5
billion to the El Paso economy.
The three historic missions, coupled
with the visitor facilities at the Tigua Indian
Reservation, have a significant impact on
the economy of El Paso and the mission
valley area in which they are located. More
than 10 percent of Ysleta's work force is
employed at the Tigua Reservation. If the
three historic missions of Ysleta, Socorro,
and San Elizario are coupled with the Tigua
Reservation, a very good base will be formed
from which further growth of the tourist
industry can begin to develop. The pros
pects for increased tourism are considerable
if a program of redevelopment of
these resources can occur. The historic
missions in concert with the Tigua Reservation
act as a living schoolhouse of
both the history and culture of the
Southwest. It is hoped that these historical
resources will be used to educate and to
serve as an anchor for economic revitalization
of the Mission Valley.
Unfortunately, the ravages of time are
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