Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 13 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
saddled and bridled, and he has followed me the whole
distance, as a dog follows his master. I have sometimes
been vexed with the best of my human friends, but
"Blanco" never disappointed me in anything.
The Mexican population, now nearly all passed away
by death or removal, were of a much better class than
those who came in later with the advent of the railroads,
to sell their labor-and their votes. It is but just to say,
however, that votes cannot be sold unless there be purchasers,
and that the purchasers have ever been of my
The villages below El Paso were more prosperous
then than now, because their population is agricultural
and the lack of water in the river in recent times has
caused great discouragement and even distress. The
same was true of Juarez Mexico, just opposite El Paso,
then called Paso del Norte.
The county seat was first at San Elezario, twenty-two
miles below El Paso, with fifteen hundred population,
and later at Ysleta, with twelve hundred population
(nearly all Mexicans), and still later at El Paso. Court
proceedings and arguments to juries and political
speeches were then made in the Spanish language.
Fort Bliss, garrisoned by regular United States troops,
situated at the place now called East El Paso, was considered
by army officers and their families as one of the
most desirable posts in the whole country, and several
officers who subsequently held very high rank during the
Civil War had been stationed there. There was another
fort, called Quitman, seventy miles below El Paso, on
the river, and a chain of military posts from there to San
Antonio. The nearest posts in New Mexico were Fort
Fillmore, forty miles to the north, near Las Cruces, and
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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/m1/13/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .