El Paso

The city grew from settlements dating to the Juan de Oate expedition in 1598 and a settlement by Juan Maria Ponce de Len in 1827, although area missions predate Ponce de Len's settlement by almost 150 years. It is the largest U.S. city on the Mexican border, and neighboring Ciudad Jurez is Mexico's largest border city. Nightly on the west horizon, a 459-foot star with 459 lights can be seen from sunsetsunrise on the south side of the Franklin Mountains.

El Pasoans celebrate Thanksgiving in spring and claim the first celebration was before the pilgrims. Oate and his travelers crossed the Rio Grande near El Paso on April 20, 1598, and feasted in thanksgiving.

Professional sports teams are the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A baseball; the El Paso Patriots, A-League soccer; El Paso Rhinos Western States Hockey League Mid West Conference; and the El Paso Scorpions Rugby Club. Sun Bowl Stadium is home to the annual Sun Bowl Football Classic.

For a two-pound steak, inquire about the Indian Cliffs Ranch/Cattleman's Steakhouse, 30 minutes east of the city on I-10. 915/544-3200.

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