San Elizario

San Elizario (HMPFQ)

Location: San Elizario, TX 79849 El Paso County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 35.117', W 106° 16.379'

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San Elizario was established in 1789 on the former site of Hacienda de Los Tiburcios as a Spanish Colonial Fort known as the Presidio of San Elceario. The Presidio was moved from its former location (approx. 37 mi.s) in response to requests from settlers for military protection from Indian raids. It operated as a Spanish Fort until 1814, when troops withdrew during the Mexican War for Independence (1810-1821).

During its years as a part of Mexico, The Presidio of San Elceario (now San Elizario) was occupied periodically by Mexican troops. A reduced military presence resulted in the Fort's decline.

American control of the area began in 1848, with the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which established the Rio Grande as the border between the United States and Mexico. When the County of El Paso was organized in 1850, the town of San Elizario was chosen as the first county seat and served as such until 1873. In 1877 it was the scene of the crisis known as the Salt War, in which local business men attempted to control the salt market that had operated since colonial times.

Although San Elizario was bypassed by the railroad and has become a rural farming community, it remains an important element in the region's rich heritage.
Series This marker is part of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro series
Year Placed1985
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 379217 N 3495171
Decimal Degrees31.58528333, -106.27298333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 35.117', W 106° 16.379'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 35' 7.02" N, 106° 16' 22.74" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1589-1599 Church Rd, San Elizario TX 79849, US
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