Site of United States Courthouse

Site of United States Courthouse (HMPDA)

Location: El Paso, TX 79901 El Paso County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 45.535', W 106° 29.295'

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[In English Translation:]
The United States Courthouse, which stood on this site from 1892 to 1936, was the scene of hundreds of arraignments, hearings and trials during the Mexican Revolution. Some of these legal proceedings involved Mag?nistas, or radical Liberal Party followers of Ricardo Flores Mag?n, who called for armed revolts against the D?az regime. After their failed uprisings in 1906 and 1908, Ricardo Flores Mag?n and his brother Enrique were indicted for conspiracy. Others indicted and arraigned included Lauro Aquirre, Prisciliano Silvia, Antonio Villareal, and L?zaro Gutierrez de Lara.

In the 1910s deposed Mexican President Victorian Huerta and revolutionary Pascual Orozco were formally charged with violating United States neutrality laws here after planning to overthrow President Venustiano Carranza. But El Paso Mayor Tom Lea, Sr. feared the large crowds at the courthouse and arranged for Huerta and Orozco to be transferred to Fort Bliss. Orozco escaped and was killed near Van Horn, Texas on August 30, 1915, by a posse of sheriff's officers and citizens of El Paso and Culberson counties. Huerta remained under house arrest and died at Fort Bliss on January 16, 1916, and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

[Spanish Translation:]
Corte de los Estados Unidos
La Corte de los Estados Unidos, ubicada en este sitio de 1892 hasta 1936, fue donde, durante la Revoluci?n Mexicana, se realizaron centenares de denuncias, audiencias y juicios. Los Mag?nistas, seguidores extremistas del partido liberal de Ricardo Flores Mag?n, quienes convocaban insurrecciones armadas en contra del regimen Porfirista, fueron denunciados en este lugar despu de levantamientos fracasados en 1906 y 1908. Entre los denunciados se encuentran Lauro Aguirre, Prisciliano Silva, Antonio Villareal y L?zaro Guti?rrez de Lara.

A?os despu Victoriano Huerta y Pascual Orozco fueron formalmente acusados de haber violado las leyes de neutralidad de los Estados Unidos, despu de haber planeado el derrocamiento del Presidente Venustiano Carranza. El Presidente Municipal Tom Lea, Sr., temiendo la agrupaci?n de las multitudes en los tribunales, orden? el traslado de ambos al Fuerte Bliss. Orozco se escap? y muri? cerca de Van Horn, Tejas el 30 de agosto, 1915, por manos del cuerpo de alguaciles y ciudadanos de los condados de El Paso y Culberson. Huerta permaneci? bajo arresto domiciliario y muri? en el Fuerte Bliss el 16 de enero, 1916 y fue enterrado en el Cementerio Evergreen.
Placed ByEl Paso County Historical Commission and Kemp Smith Law Firm
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 2:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 359053 N 3514677
Decimal Degrees31.75891667, -106.48825000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 45.535', W 106° 29.295'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 45' 32.10" N, 106° 29' 17.70" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 230-298 N Oregon St, El Paso TX 79901, US
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