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Concordia Cemetery  spans 52 acres just north of Interstate 10 in El Paso. Regarded as one of the most  historic “Old West” cemeteries in the country, Concordia is home to 60,000 burials.Concordia Cemetery in central El Paso doesn’t look like much at first sight. The disparate collection of headstones, crosses, and mausoleums stakes out a 52-acre expanse of dusty desert in the shadows of residential neighborhoods, a carpet wholesale warehouse, and Interstate 10.

Published in History

Selection of Boots

Nevena Christi points to a label painted on a brick wall inside the El Paso workshop of Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots. “Wildcat,” it says. Elsewhere in the 1900 warehouse, similar labels mark sections for ocelots, badgers, and rats. “The building was a trappers’ warehouse,” Nevena explains. “The names of animals are written all over the walls, so the building has always had a history in leather, let’s put it that way.”

Published in CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

The Lead Steer, Tom Lea (courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, gift of C.R. Smith)

We Texans love to celebrate our heritage in creative ways, and we go so far as to designate special routes that commemorate important events in our state’s past. Among them, the Independence Trail follows our struggle to statehood, leading us from the Brazos River bottomlands to the Alamo in San Antonio, and the Forts Trail traces historic settlements on the edge of the Texas frontier. Our trails also celebrate the progress of early influential personalities like Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and statesman Sam Houston, who—along with other notable figures including lawmen, pioneer women, Buffalo Soldiers, and vaqueros—deserve recognition for their unique contributions to Texas and what it is, as well as what it represents, today.

Published in CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

A dapper Tom Lea, with the desert landscape he loved best stretching toward his own Franklin Mountains. (Photo copyright Will Van Overbeek)

El Pasoans celebrate their famous native son every October with a month of art, literature, and history events.

 

Published in CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Chico’s Tacos didn’t provide this recipe, but it’s close enough to the original that a transplanted El Pasoan has declared it a cure for the withdrawal symptoms she experienced after moving to Colorado.

Published in Recipes: Entrees
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