Monday, December 10, 2012

Exploring Old El Paso

Noelle and I had been wanting to eat at Cattleman's Steak House and check out a few sites in El Paso that we had never been to before for some time now. Today, we finally got our chance to head south. Robby came over for breakfast burritos smothered with green chile sauce and at about 11:30 we finally hit the road. It was a long drive down to El Paso and we stopped at Kohl's and Target so that Noelle could return something and we could get some snacks. From our short shopping excursion we headed to our first adventure stop: Concordia Cemetery
Concordia Sign
Concordia Cemetry
At Concordia we explored the Chinese section of the cemetery
Robby at Chinese Section
Old Chinese Grave Marker
and also found the grave of the notorious John Wesley Hardin.
John Wesley Hardin Grave
Perhaps most interesting was the section of graves of Buffalo Soldiers from Fort Bliss.
Buffalo Soldiers Graves

After walking the roads within the cemetery
we were ready to move on the the Mission Trail. The first stop on the Mission Trail was the Ysleta Mission.
Ysleta Mission
We walked around the mission
Ysleta Shrine
and were even able to go inside for a peek.
Inside Ysleta
From Ysleta, we drove the Mission Trail to Socorro Mission.
Robby at Socorro
Socorro Mission
Eric at Socorro
Again we got out of the car and walked around a bit, but the Socorro Mission was closed when we arrived so we were not able to see the inside. From Socorro we drove to the final stop on the Mission Trail: San Elizario Presidio Chapel.
San Elizandro
San Elizandro
It was dark when we arrived, but San Elizario was, in my opinion, the most interesting of the three missions. The area around the chapel seemed quite interesting as well, with lots of little shops and art galleries.

After our adventure on the Mission Trail it was on to the famous Cattleman's Steakhouse.
Family at Cattlemans's
We enjoyed a great meal at Cattleman's, but decided we must return at some point to check out the grounds surrounding the restaurant.                

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