El Paso

BBQ in Far West Texas? I’ll Paso

Apr 14, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

On January 18, 1910, a newspaper advertisement for Watson’s Grocery included “Smoked Brisket Beef” for thirty cents per pound. It’s the earliest advertisement for smoked brisket that I have found in Texas, and it was in El Paso. With such a long history of smoking briskets you’d think they would…

Brisket Hash in El Paso

Apr 13, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

They’ve been smoking briskets over mesquite since Tony’s The Pit Bar-B-Q opened in 1958. Tony Vargas Sr. started the place, but according to Martha Vargas, it was her husband Tony Vargas Jr. that’s responsible for its most famous menu item – brisket hash. Mrs. Vargas recited the ingredient list without…

Who Owns Texas City Names on Twitter

Feb 27, 2015 By Dan Solomon

If you want to reach out to the city of @Austin, you’d better look at @AustinTexasGov. If you’re looking for @Dallas, check out @1500Marilla. So who owns the more logical Twitter usernames for Texas cities? 

What’s Next For Abortion In Texas?

Oct 8, 2014 By Dan Solomon

After the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunction issued by a lower court, access to abortion services in Texas are limited to a handful of clinics in just the four largest cities in the state. Is this the new normal? 

The Long Road to Asylum

Aug 25, 2014 By Sonia Smith

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in El Paso stand accused of violating the confidentiality of dozens of Sikh asylum seekers detained in their facility.

Asylum Politics

Jul 10, 2014 By Sonia Smith

Why did dozens of Sikh detainees in a federal facility in El Paso go on hunger strike in April?

True Colors

Apr 8, 2014 By Christine Granados

As a teenager I thought a quick paint job would help my family blend in to our white suburban neighborhood. Now I'm glad it wasn't that simple.

Best-Selling Gay Novel Turns Fifty

Dec 1, 2013 By Gregg Barrios

John Rechy, whose novel "City of Night" was wildly successful when it was published in 1963, grew up during the Depression, the youngest of five children born to a Mexican family in El Paso.

The Other Ellis Island

Jan 24, 2013 By David Dorado Romo

Segundo Barrio, with its turn-of-the-century tenement buildings and dozens of brightly colored murals, is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the country. As the first community that immigrants encounter after crossing the Rio Grande from Juárez, it is known as the Ellis Island of the border, and over the…

An Ode to Album Park

Jan 24, 2013 By Christine Granados

Forty years ago I would burrow inside the nose cone of a three-story rocket slide at Album Park. Not Eastwood Park—officials have force-fed El Pasoans that name since the park opened, in 1968, but, like ketchup on hamburgers, we don’t ever use it. Peering through the steel rods that made…

The Best Laid Plan

Jan 24, 2013 By Debbie Nathan

El Paso’s latest urban redevelopment scheme is one of the nation’s most far-reaching and innovative. It is also, as any resident will tell you, one of its most contentious.

Pride and Prejudice

Jan 24, 2013 By Dagoberto Gilb

It’s time for Texas to get smart about its westernmost—and most ignored—city, where an old pass tracks the route of our future.

UTEP Prez Says Miners Can Take Oklahoma

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

At last weeks UT system Board of Regents meeting, University of Texas at El Paso president Diana Natalicio told UT-Austin president Bill Powers that the Miners plan to soften up OU on Saturday. 

Talking Tacos With Gustavo Arellano

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

The "¡Ask a Mexican!" columnist and author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America talks about Tex-Mex, Houston versus Dallas, and Ray's versus Henry's. 

Industrial Evolution

Jan 21, 2013 By Kate Galbraith

As much as anything, the Texas economic miracle depends on water. Lots of water. So what are all those power plants, refineries, and factories going to do as the state gets drier and drier and drier?

Texas Treasures

Jan 21, 2013 By michaelrgrauer

My journey in early Texas art began while I was a student at Southern Methodist University, where I studied Frank Reaugh pastels and met Jerry Bywaters. After 24 years at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, curating exhibitions and traveling the state, I’ve come up with a list of greatest hits.

The Art Lover’s Companion

Jan 21, 2013 By Jordan Breal

More than sixty art insiders gave us their list of favorite works of art to see in Texas. So grab your notepad, sketchbook, or iPad and take the ultimate tour of must-see art in Texas.

101–125

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From John Warne Gates peddling barbed wire in San Antonio to a group of cowboys and ranchers holding the first rodeo in Pecos

101–125

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From John Warne Gates peddling barbed wire in San Antonio to a group of cowboys and ranchers holding the first rodeo in Pecos

Near/Far

Jan 20, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

Despite rampant fears to the contrary, the bloody drug violence in Mexico hasn’t spilled over into Texas—but that doesn’t mean it’s not transforming life all along the border.

Desperately Seeking Cormac

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Cormac McCarthy’s birth date and birthplace are just two of the facts about him that have eluded his rabid fans—until now. A dossier on the most fiercely private writer in Texas.

Let’s Have Mex-Tex

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Where’s the best place to get a perfect plate of enchiladas? A chile relleno to die for? A salsa you’ll never forget? Come along on our tour of the fifty greatest Mexican restaurants in Texas, from Hugo’s, in Houston, to Tacos Santa Cecilia, in El Paso. This is not your father’s Tex-Mex.