Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 10 of 163
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EL PASO IN I858.
El Paso is situated on the Rio Grande River, in the
extreme west corner of Texas, within a mile of thatriver,
which forms the boundary line between Texas and
Mexico, and very near to New Mexico on the north and
on the west.
The altitude is 3,700 feet and the climate is mild, pleasant
and healthful. El Paso was then a small adobe
hamlet of about three hundred inhabitants, more than
three-fourths of whom were Mexicans. Nearly all that
portion of the village or "ranch" south of San Antonio
and San Francisco streets was then cultivated in vineyards,
fruit trees, fields of wheat and corn and gardens,
for at that time and for years later there was an abundance
of water in the Rio Grande all the year round,
and El Paso was checkered with acequis (irrigation
At the head of El Paso street, near the little plaza,
where the main acequia ran, there were several large ash
and cottonwood trees, in the shade of which was a little
market where fruit, and vegetables, and fowls, and mutton,
and venison, and other articles were sold. We had
no regular meat market.
To one of these trees some enterprising citizen had
nailed a plank, which for years served as a bulletin board
where people were wont to tack signed manuscripts giving
their opinions of each other. Here Mrs. Gillock, who
kept the hotel where the Mills building now stands;
notified the "Publick" when her boarders refused
to pay their bills, and here, in I859, I saw my brother
Here’s what’s next.
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/10/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .