El Paso's Mission Trail
Socorro and N. Zaragoza St., El Paso, TX, USA
El Paso's Mission Trail Reviews
A trip to El Paso's very beginning Apr 21, 2011
There are three missions that started the life of what today is the city of El Paso. They are the Ysleta Mission, the Socorro Mission and the San Elizario Chapel, all located in the "Mission Trail" corridor at El Paso, within about 9 miles of road.
I love to visit these places, it's like a trip back in time. I have been long time attracted to the old missions in North Mexico and southwest USA, since the very first time I visited one in Batopilas, Chihuahua.
The first of the missions in the El Paso trail is the Ysleta Mission or La Misión de Corpus Christi de San Antonio de la Ysleta del Sur. It was established in 1680 after the revolt of the Pueblo indians in Nothern New Mexico. This is the oldest mission in all the current territory of Texas. The chapel is very well preserved and you can still hear mass inside it.
Down the road there is the Socorro Mission, a beautiful "viga style" adobe construction that is also on a great state of preservation. For some reason I found this chapel more beautiful than the Ysleta Mission.
For time reasons we couldn't visit the last of the three missions, San Elizario, but I do recommend history lovers not to miss this morning tour to the very heart of El Paso's foundation.
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