Colorized photo from 1903 Original title: El Paso Street Photographer: Detroit Publishing Location: 200 S El Paso St., El Paso, TX
El Paso street is the city's first and oldest street, it stretches all the way to the border.
This area was considered a shopping district but it had a whole host of other businesses. On the left is the Kline's Mexican & Indian Curio Co. On the right is of course the Grand Central Hotel. Below that is the Walz Company Mexican & Indian Curiosities & Antiques, there is a shoe shop, Turkish baths, Chiropodist (works with the feet), Feldman photo supplies, Gem Billiards. And a banner for the Midwinter Carnival for Jan 13-17 1903.
When the railroad boom hit, every other building downtown was a saloon of some kind. The Gem," "The Coliseum," "The Big Kid Saloon" and "The Mint", attracted men with diamond pins and gold watches to drink and gamble away their money. What really brought in the money was the Red Light district, affectionately known as the "Tenderloin district".
On the right is the Grand Central Hotel, which was torn down in the 1980's for the expansion of the Paso del Norte Hotel.
Fun fact, just 8 years prior to this photo, the outlaw J.W. Hardin was killed here.
November 26th, 2022
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