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“Rural beauty inside and out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Elizario Historic Art District

San Elizario Historic Art District
1501 Main Street, San Elizario, TX 79849
915-851-0093
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Type: Art Galleries, Art Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Six Galleries and twenty-two Studios line the Historic Art District on Main Street. The Historic town of San Elizario's centerpiece includes restaurants, gift shops, 18 Historic sites, including the San Elizario Chapel, The Presidio (fort) and the Old El Paso County jail, where legend Billy the Kid once roamed. You can also go through the Veterans memorial Museum and the Portales Museum. The Veterans Memorial Walk and Memorial Plaza are also 'must sees'. Hours: Wed-Fri: 10-2/ Sat 10-4/ Sun 12-4.
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“Rural beauty inside and out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

San Eli is celebrating the "First Thanksgiving-1598" today when (in)famous Conquistador Juan de Onate and his entourage survived a Northbound crossing of the inhospitable Chihuahuan Desert, finally arriving at the wild freshwater Rio Bravo (Rio Grande to us on the Northern bank) del Norte. You can bet they were thankful, and the small community of San Elizario was born at the crossing. This historic district contains many authentic buildings, including the original adobe brick (quite exposed) jail from which Billy the Kid escaped, the Presidio (there is a difference between it and the other historic missions on the trail-you need to come and find out!), a wonderful plaza/courtyard/gazebo replete with numerous historical plaques, the Adobe Horsehoe eatery (currently closed), the Bandito Restaurant, art galleries, Cafe Madrid for INEXPENSIVE gourmet coffees/treats(8-8 daily, except Mondays, affable owner=Ricardo), Veteran's Walk Memorial ($30 for engraved red paver: Veterans Walk, POB 2009, SanElizarioTX79849), and a currently full irrigation canal to walk across. There is plenty of motorcar parking available, although you can also take a specialized escorted mission tour of what is probably the second oldest European habitations in the lower 48.

Visited April 2012
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