I love El Paso history and I love historic El Paso sites. One of the most amazing is the Magoffin Home. The Magoffin's were instrumental in the development of El Paso and their home is a beautiful example of the way early El Pasoans lived.

The Magoffin family has been in the El Paso area since around 1856, and for a while, the area was called Magoffinsville. Joseph Magoffin, who built the Magoffin Home in 1877, was instrumental in bringing railroads, utilities and new businesses to town. He was a co-founder of the State National Bank and served as its vice president for 40 years. He was also a county judge, a four-time mayor, and held other public offices. His wife Octavia was no slouch herself. She was very active in the community and active in Catholic charities. They had two children, Jim (1864–1913) and Josephine Magoffin Glasgow (1873–1968).

The tour of the Magoffin Home is eye-opening because it is such a step back in time as to how families lived in the area before the railroads came along and the town went from 700 people to 70,000 in just a few years.

Sunday, May 6 is Free Historic Sites Day so you can check out the Magoffin Home for free. Tours begin at 9 a.m. and end with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. This is a great thing to take kids to and if you haven't been for years, you should check it out again.

WHAT: Magoffin Home, Free Historic Sites Day
WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1120 Magoffin Ave.
INFO: (915) 533-5147

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