A little history for you and me...
Ciudad Juarez Travel Blog› entry 8 of 25 › view all entries
Ciudad Juarez was originally founded in 1659 by some spanish franciscans looking to establish a mission and its name was El Paso del Norte. And like that it would remain until almost two hundred years later, when in 1848, the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty set the river Rio Grande as the border between Mexico and the United States. This meant that the part of the town that was across the river would become american, this part of the town became what is now known as El Paso, Texas.
During the French Intervention war here in Mexico, Ciudad Juarez (still named El Paso del Norte) served as the temporary capital of Mexico. The president in those days was Benito Juarez, hence in 1888 the president Porfirio Diaz decreted that the city (El Paso del Norte) would be renamed as Ciudad Juarez in honor of the former president.
In 1909, in Ciudad Juarez happened the interview of the presidents Porfirio Diaz of Mexico and William Howard Taft of the United States.
Over the next years, Ciudad Juarez was going to become some sort of entertainment center with bars, nightclubs, bothels, bullfighting, cockfighting among other things (which included damn quick divorces). Lately the city has grown in population thanks, to the migration from the south of people searching for jobs in the assembly plants, or maquiladoras.