My family has been in El Paso for a long time, but there are gaps in my knowledge of certain family members, so I decided to spend some time at the El Paso County Historical Society to see if I could find some information there.

The Society is housed in the Burges House at 603 W. Yandell, just outside of downtown. The Burges House was built in 1912 by a prominent El Paso attorney, Richard F. Burges. Burges was City Attorney in 1908, and wrote the city charter. He was elected to the Texas House of Representative in 1913. The home still has a number of original features, and you can take a guided tour to see this architectural treasure by contacting the Society. Because they are a non-profit, if you visit, a donation would be greatly appreciated, and let's be honest, a couple of bucks to tour this amazing home is well worth it.

The best thing about the Historical Society is they have an amazing resource room that you can use that houses photos, journals, documents, and books that you can use to do genealogical research or just browse through to find out more about El Paso history. It really is an ideal want to find out more about the city and the people who lived here.

I took a zillion pictures of the home - here are some of my favorites:

1. Street view of the Burges House:

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2. Front door:

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3. Front Room:

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4. Main staircase:

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5. Resource room:

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6. Fireplace in the resource room:

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7. Panoramic photos of El Paso:

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8. The Bride's Room:

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9. Brides of the Burges House:

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10. Sun Room:

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11. Sun Room:

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12. Sun Porch:

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13. Sun Porch:

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14. Sun Porch door:

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15. Backyard:

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16. Side Porch:

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