If you love El Paso history and architecture, then you will love the Sunset Heights neighborhood. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and one of the prettiest and most historic. For the past 15 years some of the homes in the area have been open to the public for the Sunset Heights Tour of Homes. It is a walking, self-guided tour, and completely worth your time. There will be pedi-cabs on hand in case you don't want to walk the entire footprint. I've done this tour a number of times and you will need to wear comfortable shoes, take an umbrella for the sun, and if you bring a water bottle, be aware that you are in someone's home so be careful with it.

If you have kids, this might not be the thing for them unless they are really good at not touching things and won't run through the houses. These are historic places and they are really beautiful. It's definitely a grownup event. Please keep your pets at home.

You need to buy your tickets at the Hal Marcus Gallery beforehand. Tickets will be checked at the doors of each home. Proceeds from the tour go toward the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association. They help residents keep up their historic properties so that we can continue to enjoy the area.

This year, you can tour these homes:

1. The Burges House - Home of the El Paso Historical Society. A beautiful home and a great place to find out more about the history of our town. 603 W. Yandell

2. Behrens home - 607 W. Yandell

3. Kohlberg property - 525 Corto Way

4. Holy Family Catholic Church - 900 W. Missouri

5. Flores Home - 1201 Prospect

6. Marsh Home - 1209 Prospect

7. Fire Station 4 - 1218 Randolph (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

8. Sunset Pumping Station - 1401 Los Angeles Dr.

9. Hal Marquez Gallery - 1308 N. Oregon

WHEN: Saturday, October 5, noon - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Buy tickets at Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon
COST - $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under
INFO - 915-533-9090

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