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El Paso, is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States, and lies in West Texas. In the 2010 census, the city had a population of 649,121. It is the sixth-largest city in Texas and the 19th-largest city in the United States. Its metropolitan area covers all of El Paso County, whose population in the 2010 census was 800,647.

Culture

Literature

El Paso has been home to literary figures such as:

Alicia Gaspar de Alba
Frank Ambriz
José Antonio Burciaga
Mario T. Garcia
Dagoberto Gilb
Arturo Islas
Tom Lea
Cormac McCarthy
Howard McCord
Pat Mora
John Rechy
Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Tigua Indians of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Located between the cities of El Paso and Socorro lies the sovereign Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Nation, with its own governing body. It is one of the three Federally-recognized Indian tribes in Texas.

The Tigua Indians have been at their present location since a successful Pueblo Revolt of 1680 that forced the Spaniards and New Spaniards (future Mexicans) to retreat south to present day Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and El Paso.[40] The tribe is led by a governor and a tribal council. Elections for tribal governor and tribal council are held once annually. As of January 2011, the governor is Frank Paiz.[41]

Very close to tribal lands is the sacred site of Hueco Tanks.

Points of interest

Area museums

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens is located on the grounds of UTEP, including a comprehensive collection of El Paso Brown, Native American pottery, as well as educational exhibits for students.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology, diorama shows Cueva de la Olla (cave of the pot - a large pot-shaped storage container for grain), Paquimé, Sierra Madre of Chihuahua

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is located on the eastern slope of North Franklin Mountain. Its grounds include native plants of the American Southwest as well samples of Native American shelters, in an unspoiled location. The museum includes dioramas for schoolchildren which illustrate the culture and geology of the American Southwest, such as Hueco Tanks in El Paso County. One diorama is of the Cueva de la Olla (cave of the pot) which is located in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua, an example of the Paquimé culture.
The El Paso Museum of Art is located next to the Plaza Theater next to San Jacinto Plaza, the public square downtown. It contains works of southwestern artists such as Tom Lea.
El Paso Museum of History
Fort Bliss Museums & Study Center
Insights El Paso Science Museum
The Magoffin Homestead, dating from 1875, is now a State Historic Site.
The National Border Patrol Museum is located adjacent to the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.
Railroad & Transportation Museum of El Paso
War Eagles Air Museum, Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Gene Roddenberry Planetarium
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

Theaters

The Abraham Chavez Theatre is located adjacent to the El Paso Convention & Performing Arts Center, welcomes patrons with a three-story-high glass-windowed entry and unique sombrero-shaped architecture making it a distinct feature on El Paso's southwestern landscape.
The Plaza Theatre is a historic building located at 125 Pioneer Plaza in El Paso, Texas. The theater stands as one of the city's most well-known landmarks. It shows various Broadway productions, musical concerts, and individual performers. It has a seating capacity of 2,100.
McKelligon Canyon is a 90-acre (360,000 m2) park, located in the Franklin Mountains, open to hikers and picnickers. In the canyon, McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre is surrounded on three sides by dramatic canyon walls; the 1,500-seat amphitheatre is used for concerts and special events, such as Viva El Paso!

Sites within the city limits

Abraham Chavez Theatre
Chamizal National Memorial
El Paso Zoo
Fort Bliss
Franklin Mountains State Park
Cathedral Church of Saint Patrick
El Paso High School
Judson F. Williams Convention Center
McKelligon Canyon
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Plaza Hotel
Plaza Theatre
Union Depot
University of Texas at El Paso
Ysleta Mission
The Tigua (Tiwa) of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Nation

Sites within the surrounding area

Big Bend National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Hueco Tanks State Park
Lincoln National Forest
Maar volcanic craters: Kilbourne Hole and Hunt's Hole
The Mescalero Apache Nation
Socorro Mission
The Presidio at San Elizario, also known as the San Elizario Chapel
White Sands National Monument

Other sites of interest

The El Paso Comic Strip Comedy Club
Judson F. Williams Convention Center
Western Playland
Wet and Wild Water World
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Rosa's Cantina
Chico's Tacos

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