Is This the Earliest Known Image of El Paso?
A recently rediscovered image of an Army post is believed to be the earliest known depiction of El Paso, Texas.
Titled "Post Opposite Paso del Norte," the image of what appears to be a painting is of several adobe buildings the U.S. Army occupied after the American-Mexican War.
According to the El Paso History Alliance Facebook page, which posted the photo below, it is from the John Russell Bartlett Archive of Brown University, and depicts the post "in approximately December 1850."
Historians and El Paso History Alliance site administrators Max Grossman and Bernie Sargent both believe that would make it the oldest known image of our city.
"The open space in front of the fort is the future San Jacinto Plaza, so the view is to the southwest," reads part of the photo caption. "The future 'El Paso Street' is to the left of the image."
For more fascinating facts relating to "The Oldest Known Image of El Paso, Texas" visit the original post. For an interesting read on the history of the post itself, check out this 2013 article published in the Fort Bliss Bugle in 2013 titled The First Fort Bliss: The post opposite El Paso.