Day 14 – The Plan

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Day 14 El Paso, TX to San Antonio, TX

Links to Points of Interest

  • Camino Real Hotel Originally built in 1912 and listed on the National Historical Register. The 80-year old Tiffany glass dome, once part of the hotel’s lobby, is now the showcase of the elegant Dome Bar. The hotel has hosted such guests as Pancho Villa, President Taft, and “Blackjack Pershing”.
  • Buffalo Soldier Memorial When the Plains Indians first saw the men of the 10th Cavalry wearing with their dark skins, curly hair and wearing fur overcoats they referred to them as “Buffalo Soldiers.” The nickname “Buffalo Soldiers” was originally given to the 10th Cavalry by Cheyenne warriors out of respect for their fierce fighting in 1867. The Cheyenne Native American term used was actually “Wild Buffaloes”, which was translated to “Buffalo Soldiers.” In time, all African American Soldiers became known as “Buffalo Soldiers.” Despite second-class treatment these soldiers made up first-rate regiments of the highest caliber and had the lowest desertion rate in the Army.
  • El Paso Museum of Archaeology Wilderness Park the museum is home to over 15 acres of nature trails with more than 250 varieties of Chihuahuan Desert native plants, outdoor exhibits and Indian gardens. Here visitors will discover the natural history, geology and cultural history of the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico.
  • Tigua Indian Cultural Center the Tigua Indian Cultural Center of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo celebrates over 300 years of tribal history in El Paso. Attractions include a museum, gift shops, the Cacique Cafe, and delicious fresh Indian bread. Indian social dance performances take place every weekend-call for schedule.
  • National Border Patrol Museum The National Border Patrol Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. It is a private, not for profit, museum where exhibits cover the history of the United States Border patrol, from the old West, Prohibition, and WWII, right up to current operations, through displays of weapons, paintings, documents, equipment, photos, artifacts, and “hands-on” vehicles such as the Jeep, Helicopter, Scarab boat, snowmobile and ATV. Guided tours may be booked in advance. Admission is free.
  • La Viña Winery New Mexico’s oldest winery, has settled into its new home. The vineyard provides “Estate Bottled” New Mexico wines with a new complexity. New plantings of Italian and Rhone varietals will complement production of Cabernet, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.

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