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El Paso Mission Trail 2013

It was a warm and dusty El Paso day. I decided to head toward the border and visit the missions. I was captivated by the cloud filled skies. I couldn’t wait for the early spring setting sun to cast its shadows on the hallowed headstones of the old cemetery.

The El Paso Mission Trail consists of three historic churches now owned by the Catholic Diocese. They stand as symbols of the long and rich relationships between Spain, Mexico and the US.

Spanish explorers arrived and occupied the El Paso area. Mission Ysleta is the oldest; established October 12, 1680. Mission Socorro was officially founded during a Mass delivered by Fray Antonio Guerra on October 13, 1680. Presidio Chapel San Elizario was originally set up by the Spanish as a military fort for soldiers and their families.

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