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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of El Paso, Texas.

Prior to 20th century

  • 1682 – Ysleta Mission established.
  • 1848 – El Paso becomes part of the U.S. state of Texas per Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 1849 – U.S. military Fort Bliss established.
  • 1850 – El Paso County created.
  • 1873 – El Paso incorporated.
  • 1876 – Lone Star newspaper begins publication.
  • 1881
    • Southern Pacific Railroad begins operating.
    • El Paso Times and El Paso Herald newspapers begin publication.
  • 1882 – Avenida Lerdo–Stanton Street Bridge and Montgomery Building constructed.
  • 1883 – First National Bank built.
  • 1884
  • 1889 – McGinty Club active.
  • 1890 – Population: 10,338.
  • 1892 – Santa Fe Street bridge built.
  • 1895 – El Paso Public Library founded.
  • 1899 – American Smelting and Refining Company plant in operation.
  • 1900 – White House Department Store in business.

20th century

1900s–1950s

  • 1901 – El Paso Electric Company formed.
  • 1902
    • Electric streetcar begins operating.
    • Popular Dry Goods Department Store in business.
  • 1906 – Union Depot opens.
  • 1910 – Population: 39,279.
  • 1911 – Anson Mills Building constructed.
  • 1912 – Hotel Paso del Norte in business.
  • 1914
    • Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso established.
    • Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy opens.
  • 1917
    • Bath Riots occurred to protest new U.S. immigration/entry requirements for Mexican's crossing the border.
    • Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick dedicated.
  • 1919 – June 15–16: Battle of Ciudad Juárez occurs near El Paso.
  • 1920 – Population: 77,560.
  • 1921 – Ku Klux Klan active.
  • 1922 – El Paso Post newspaper begins publication.
  • 1924 – United States Border Patrol begins operating.
  • 1925 – Cathedral High School established.
  • 1926 – Orndorff Hotel built.
  • 1928 – El Paso Municipal Airport built.
  • 1930
    • Bassett Tower built.
    • Plaza Theatre and El Paso Zoo open.
    • Hilton Hotel in business.
    • Population: 102,421.
  • 1933 – Junior League of El Paso founded.[1]
  • 1935 – Sun Bowl football contest begins.
  • 1936 – United States Court House built.
  • 1937
    • El Paso Mothers’ Health Center opens.
    • Kress Building constructed.
  • 1938 – El Paso Ysleta Port of Entry established.
  • 1939 – Fort Bliss National Cemetery established near city.
  • 1940 – Population: 96,810 city; 131,067 county.
  • 1942
    • Biggs Air Force Base begins operating near Fort Bliss.
    • Ysleta–Zaragoza Bridge rebuilt.
    • El Paso County Coliseum opens.
  • 1946 – El Paso Drive-in cinema opens.
  • 1948 – First city flag adopted.
  • 1949 – Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy becomes Texas Western College
  • 1950
    • Bronco Drive-In cinema opens.
    • Population: 130,485.
  • 1952 – Town of Anthony incorporated near El Paso.
  • 1954 – El Paso County Historical Society founded.
  • 1959
    • El Paso Museum of Art founded.
    • Sunland Park Racetrack opens in nearby Sunland Park, New Mexico.
  • 1960
    • El Paso Aerial Tramway begins operating.
    • Northgate Mall opens with "acres of parking"
    • Population: 276,687.
  • 1961 – Village of Vinton incorporated near El Paso.
  • 1962
    • Bassett Place shopping mall in business.
    • Chase Tower built.
    • New city flag adopted.
  • 1963 – Sun Bowl stadium opens.
  • 1965
    • U.S. Supreme Court decides El Paso v. Simmons contract-related lawsuit.
    • Fox Theatre (cinema) opens.
  • 1967
  • 1969 – San Jacinto Plaza remodelled.

1970s–1990s

  • 1970 – Population: 322,261.
  • 1971
    • El Paso Genealogical Society founded.
    • Wells Fargo Plaza hi-rise built.
  • 1972
    • September: Raza Unida Party convention held in El Paso.
    • El Paso Community College established.
  • 1973 – Biggs Air Force Base becomes Biggs Army Airfield at Fort Bliss.
  • 1974
    • Civic Center opens.
    • Cielo Vista Mall, first enclosed air-conditioned shopping center, opens.
    • Chamizal National Memorial established.
  • 1977 – El Paso Museum of Archaeology established.
  • 1980
    • Mujer Obrera (labor group) established.
    • Population: 425,259 city; 479,899 county.
  • 1981 – Foreign trade zone established.
  • 1983 – Kayser Building constructed.
  • 1987
    • Franklin Mountains State Park opens.
    • Sun Metro Mass Transit System active.
  • 1988
    • Sunland Park Mall in business.
    • Horizon City incorporated near El Paso.
  • 1989 – El Paso Patriots soccer team formed.
  • 1990 – Population: 515,342 city; 591,610 county.
  • 1997 – Silvestre Reyes becomes U.S. representative for Texas's 16th congressional district.[relevant? ]
  • 1998 – City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
  • 1999 – Chihuahuan Desert Gardens established.
  • 2000 – Population: 563,662 city; 679,622 county.

21st century

  • 2003
    • Carolina Park skatepark opens.
    • Cinemark West cinema in business.
  • 2004 – International news media reports on ongoing female homicides in Ciudad Juárez area.
  • 2005
    • El Diario de El Paso Spanish-language newspaper begins publication.
  • 2006
  • 2007
    • El Paso Marathon begins.
    • El Paso Skatepark Association formed.
  • 2008 – Borderzine website launched.
  • 2010
    • December 17: Mexican drone crashes down in El Paso.
    • Population: 649,121 city; 800,647 county.
  • 2011 – Worst drought in a decade.
  • 2013
    • ASARCO smokestacks demolished.
    • City Hall demolished to make room for Southwest University Park baseball stadium.
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