About the City of El Paso
El Pasoans share a fascination and passion for history that visitors to our city find remarkable. Its heritage surrounds us every day, an indelible part of our city's character. The name El Paso itself has a rich historical significance. It is a shortened version of El Paso del Rio del Norte, the name given to the pristine river valley by conquistador Don Juan de Oñate more than four centuries ago. El Paso is remembered for the westward expansion of pioneer America, the coming of the railroads to the western frontier, the days of outlaws and gunslingers, the Indian Wars, the 1st Cavalry and the Texas Rangers. Come to El Paso and enjoy our city, its historic mission trail, beautiful mountain vistas and desert sunsets, quaint Mexican restaurants and colorful history.
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