El Paso is the most enchanting and charming city in the world and it has the most amazing restaurants, clubs, hotels, historical monuments, museums and art galleries. It is also a shopper's paradise and you can enjoy the most pleasant vacation of your life here. But here are some interesting facts about this city which are intriguing to know.
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Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts about El Paso
- El Paso is the sixth biggest city in Texas and it is the seat of the county, located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande mirroring the Mexican City of Ciudad Juarez
- In the 1590s, this area was under the Spanish colonists and it was not till 1827 that the first permanent
settlement at El Paso was established by Juan Maria Ponce De Leon
- El Paso was incorporated as a city in the 1870s and it is the 23rd largest in the US, and experienced close to 360 days of sun in a year.
- Temperature averages around 95 degree F in summers and 42 to 84 degree F in spring. In winters, the weather is mild though there have been cases of snowfall for example the winter of 2011.
- According to the 2010 census, 649,121 people reside in El Paso of which 48% are females and 52% are males.
- The different ethnicities residing in El Paso include American India, Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic/Latino and the median age is around 31.5 years.
- Three quarters of the population of El Paso is Latin American and it derives considerable strength from its colonial identity. El Paso is located 4,000 feet above sea level.
El Paso Government and Economy Fast Facts
- The Mayor of El Paso till 2017 is Oscar Lesser and it is known for sectors such as automotive, food processing, defence related and medical manufacturing. This service sector has experienced healthy profits since the 1980.
- El Paso is also a famous tourist resort with foreigners coming to visit the Sun City in vast droves and tourism is an important industry here. El Paso is one of the largest border cities and the busiest border crossing in the world.
- El Paso is a bustling modern urban centre with many industries and it contains its fair share of Fortune 500 companies
El Paso History Fast Facts
- Spanish ruled El Paso during the 1580s and on April 30, 1598, the land along San Elizario in Rio Grande’s bank was claimed by Juan de Onate as land for Spain
- The first thanksgiving in the United States was held in El Paso and Onate referred to El Paso as the Pass of the North because of its unique geopolitical demographics
- El Paso was incorporated as a city in the 1870s and the railroad came here in the 1880s, even as public transport system developed and the city flourished into an urban modern center
El Paso Fun Facts
- Some of the most well known celebs from El Paso include Manuel Acosta (artist); Don Bluth (animation director); Vicki Carr (singer); Jose Cisneros (artist); Sam Donaldson (newsman); Albert Fall (government official); Judith Ivey (actress); Guy Kibbee (actor); Sandra Day O'Connor (Supreme Court justice); Debbie Reynolds (actress); and Irene Ryan (actress).
- El Paso has the largest pecan orchard across the globe called Stahman Farms. Its state flower is the bluebonnet which grows in NE El Paso
- El Paso star is 459 feet in its length and 278 in width with around 459 light bulbs and can be seen from the vantage point of the mountains .
- The oldest missions in the US are located in El Paso city namely San Elizario and Soccorro Mission.
- During the Mexican war, the roof of Camino Real was used as a means of viewing the battlefield and military outposts such as the Fort Bliss were established in 1848.
- El Paso symphony established in 1930s is the oldest performing arts organisation and the longest running symphony in the state of Texas.
- Tigua Indian Reservation is the only one of 2 Indian reservations in Texas and it is located in El Paso.
- The City was known as Six Shooter Capital before it earned the moniker Sun City for its perpetually sunny weather; El Paso was considered the stronghold of the Western cowboy world.
- La Casa de Asucar or the largest house made entirely of sugar is located in El Paso which is also home to the Hyundai Sun bowl, a huge event.