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San Elizario Historic Art District; Twenty-two miles to the southeast of downtown El Paso sits San Elizario.. 1501 Main St. off Socorro road on the El Paso Mission Trail, Featuring 2 museums, 6 art galleries and over 21 artist studios.
There’s only one place in El Paso County where a family can see work by hundreds of artists, visit a veteran’s museum, get a homemade empanada at a café, see a live band at a restaurant that’s right next to the jail that once housed Billy the Kid, then walk a few blocks down the street to a community garden.
This is the San Elizario Historic district, also known as “San Eli,” home to the only art district in the county, located about 10 miles east of the city limits.
The district encompasses primarily adobe and wood buildings dating from c. 1830 through the World War II era, when local builders began to rely on prefabricated building materials. Although periodic flooding destroyed most, if not all, of the original presidio complex, the community that grew on the presidio site during the 19th century derived its spatial organization, irrigation system and building practices from the precedents of the presidio and Spanish colonial settlement customs.
Museums, art studios and galleries....
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10am-2pm / Saturday 10am-4pm / Sunday 12noon-4pm
Hours vary during special events.