The ABCs of El Paso: The Things West Texans Would Instantly Know
All of us know our ABCs (or at least I HOPE we do). But what's the first El Paso related item that comes to mind when you hear "A"? or "P"? Or "Z"?
Well I have what I personally think of for each letter of the alphabet:
A is for ASARCO Tower:
Even though we said goodbye to the ASARCO towers in 2013, we still remember the big smokestacks along the highway.
B is for Border:
I mean El Paso IS a border town; we have Juarez next door to us so in my opinion, this was a clear one for me.
C is for Chihuahuas:
Who doesn't love Chico, the mascot for the El Paso Chihuahuas?
And you can't forget about our championship winning baseball team.
D is for Don Haskins:
Why wouldn't I mention the man who led the UTEP men's basketball team to a championship in 1966? Or the fact he was their coach from 1961-1999. We miss you Don...
E is for El Paso High School:
The oldest operating high school (& one of the most haunted) in El Paso
F is for Ft. Bliss:
You can't talk about El Paso without mentioning our military base, Ft. Bliss.
G is for Guerrero:
Yes it may not be everyone's first choice but it's MY list & the Guerrero family is one of the best wrestling families to ever come from El Paso. We all love Eddie, Chavo & Vickie.
H is for Hueco Tanks State Park:
If you go visit, you might find a lone pink park bench.
I is for I-10:
The main highway that cuts through El Paso; it's also the sighting to many of El Paso's FINEST drivers (I'm sure you know EXACTLY what I mean when I say that sarcastically).
J is for Juarez:
Juarez is our neighboring city across the border; literally a stone's toss.
K is for KLAQ:
Or KISS FM...Or KROD. Either one.
L is for Los Lagartos of San Jacinto: (Or as it's most commonly known as...)
The alligators of San Jacinto Plaza.
M is for Mount Cristo Rey:
Overlooking Sunland Park, on top of Sierra de Cristo Rey is the giant statue of Christ. He does indeed watch over all of us.
N is Northpark/Northgate Mall:
Some of us might NOT remember the mall in Northeast El Paso; as it was torn down in 2012. But some of us still have fond memories...
O is for Old Glory Memorial:
If you've traveled down US-54, you've seen the giant US flag waving proudly at the memorial for all the war veterans who served for our country at the Old Glory Memorial.
P is for Plaza Theater:
One of the places you HAVE to visit when in Downtown El Paso.
Q is for Q Connected:
Yes it might be cheating to include KLAQ's local music show but it's MY list so it's staying here. You can also include The Q.
R is for Rio Grande:
That river that travels through Mexico & El Paso.
S is for Star on the Mountain:
The Star on the Mountain is the ultimate symbol of "welcome home" for El Pasoans.
T is for Tacos:
Come one I had to include a mention to food here! Extra points if you can guess WHERE those tacos are from...
U is for UTEP:
The home of the Sun Bowl, the Miners & Paydirt Pete.
V is for Vaquero :
Sadly the Vaquero statue is no longer at the Museum of Art but if you've been there in the past, you certainly WOULD remember it.
W is for Whataburger:
Oh yeah. It is may be a Texas chain but El Paso LOVES Whataburger. In fact some El Pasoans love it SO much, one man even ate a 10 patty... just because.
X is for: The X
Its official name is La Equis but we know it as the big red X in Juarez that you can easily spot in the distance.
Y is for Ysleta:
Named after the neighborhood we have in town; home to the Tiguan Indians.
Z is for Zoo:
And wrapping up our El Paso ABCs, is of course the El Paso Zoo.
Now of course there are many more places, people, etc. that I could've used so I'm curious to hear YOUR opinions.