Five years ago, on April 13 and 14, 2013, the El Paso skyline changed forever when the iconic ASARCO smokestacks and City Hall were imploded on consecutive days. One was an important part of El Paso history, the other a lightning rod for controversy.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

By most accounts, the atmosphere around the former copper and lead smelter site on the morning of the demolitions was a somber one. The smokestacks, after all, had been a part of El Paso for over 100 years.

Many left their viewing area feeling nostalgic and a bit saddened by what they had just witnessed. By contrast, the more controversial of the two -- the leveling of City Hall -- was more like being at a street party.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

No matter which side of either debate you were on, El Pasoans will always remember the weekend the Sun City went boom.

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