The towns of Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario -- and two churches and one former military chapel -- make up the major historic stops. I'm not up to the task of doing justice to this rich and complicated culture, but below are a few highlights of our visit.
|Th cultural center had shops like this one called "Eagle's Path." The woman glazing a pot (her husband was stringing beads) told us that 80 percent of the items in their store were made by family members.|
|The Ysleta Mission is the oldest continuously active parish in Texas, and the the town of Ysleta is the oldest town in the state.|
|Jim walks by a piñata shop in Ysleta. Next door was a tuxedo store. Ysleta was the busiest town we've seen on an Indian reservation. It had funky, small stores like above, plus bigger, shinier buildings.|
|We've seen interesting metal artwork on homes and fences in New Mexico and El Paso. This piece is on a former San Elizaro dinner theater that was once the site of the 1850 County Courthouse Complex.|
|We didn't visit the mission in Socorro but did have lunch in that town at a restaurant recommend by Arturo: El Meson de Onate. Great idea. We love the food in this area.|