El Paso in Pictures

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Beginning with drawings and woodcuts depicting the days before photography, this book follows the story of life at the Pass of the North, documenting change as El Paso took shape and grew from a dirt-street frontier town into a modern city in the 1970s. Each era is fascinating, from the arrival of the conquistadores, through the coming of the railroad in the 1880s, the turn of the century with the establishment of more businesses and the move toward permanent residences, the Mexican Revolution, the war years, the rapid changes of the fifties and, finally, the sophistication of the seventies. Many of the photographs, especially those of the Mexican Revolution, are extremely rare and had not been public before the 1971 publication of El Paso in Pictures.

First published by The Mangan Press/El Paso.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875653501
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 955,471
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Mangan is a native El Pasoan, who worked for many years in advertising and public relations for the El Paso Natural Gas Company. A “Sunday painter,” who is at home with the graphic arts, he not only wrote the text for this book but did the design. He and his wife, Judy, until recently ran Mangan Books, a company that specialized in books about El Paso. The company has now closed. The Mangans still make their home in El Paso.
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Table of Contents

They came to the Pass of the North     8
Railroads bring the booming 1880's     22
The century turns and El Paso becomes a city     38
The turbulent teens     58
Revolution next door     76
The twenties roared     98
The lean years     116
The fast-changing fifties     134
El Paso grows up     146
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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    History unknown to natives

    I was born (1971) and raised in El Paso. The information and pictures are fascinating to me. It's amazing to learn about the history of the town. Such as: People living in the area before the "First Settlers" arrived on Plymouth Rock. How the names were derived, like El Paso and Franklin. The idea that it was the real "Wild West" town that it was. Not that I'm proud of gunslingers and prostitutes,however, it does explain why El Paso/Juarez is the way it is. I scanned the book when it arrived. Now I'm actually reading it. Each subject has inspired me to do further research and learn more fascinating news. Like the "Margarita drink" was born there. Yummo! I think I'll visit that bar next time I visit, if it is still open. I currently live in Houston. This book has raised my awareness of the sites in El Paso. I'm eager to go back and visit the places I overlooked all of these years. I'd like to thank my loving wife for this great christmas gift.

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