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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

El Paso Historic Treasure Reopens after Preservation

By Leslie Bergloff, Magoffin Home Site Manager

A festive day was had by all during the grand reopening celebration at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. With the 1875 adobe building gleaming in the bright sunshine and Mariachi Frontera playing, the celebration got underway with a ribbon cutting in which Texas Historical Commission (THC) Executive Director Mark Wolfe, State Rep. Marisa Marquez, and State Rep. Dee Margo cut a red ribbon signaling the opening of the home after a 16-month preservation project.

A new roof, improved drainage, and updated mechanical systems were only part of the extensive preservation work. Original faux finishes were restored to all of the exterior wood surfaces, reflecting the uniqueness of the home in the late 1800s. Adobe and plaster repairs along with an exterior lime wash to protect the adobe walls ensure this El Paso treasure will survive for many more generations.

Family members and visitors from throughout the community and Juarez, Mexico attended the opening to see the transformation. Booths were set up across the 1.5-acre site. Sewing, weaving, and adobe demonstrations, the Horseless Carriage Club, a doll maker, blacksmith, artists, and other community groups shared their expertise with visitors. The El Paso Museum of History, the Archeology Museum, Hueco Tanks State Park, and Lynx Museum also had interactive booths enjoyed by both children and adults.

Musicians played throughout the day, including the El Paso Cowboy Gospel Band, the 1st Armored Division Brass Quintet, Luis Aguilar, and El Paso High School. Ballet Folklorico of El Paso and Paso Del Norte Ballet Folklorico entertained the crowd, who cheered and clapped in appreciation.

It was truly a day of celebration in honor of the Magoffin Home’s role in preserving community history and heritage. The Magoffin Home is located in downtown El Paso and is part of the Texas Mountain Trail Region

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