Fray Garc?a de San Francisco

Fray Garc?a de San Francisco (HMPD7)

Location: El Paso, TX 79901 El Paso County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 45.509', W 106° 29.338'

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Founder of the Pass of the North, 1659

— By Sculptor John Houser —

[Engish Translation:]
Fray Garc?a was born in Old Castile, Spain and traveled to Mexico in 1629 where he became a Franciscan priest serving in the Province of New Mexico. In 1659 he established the Manso Indian Mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Pass of the North, a strategic location on the Camino Real. This was the founding of the twin international cities of El Paso, Texas and Cd. Ju?rez, Chihuahua. The sculpture depicts Fray Garc?a in the act of building the mission; in his right hand he holds the lintel beam bearing the name of the mission and year of its founding. The Mission Grape represents European agriculture, which he introduced in the area. His original mission still stands in downtown Cd. Ju?rez.

The Fray Garc?a Monument is the first in a series of twelve monuments commemorating over 400 years of the region's history - the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest.

Bomanite decorative paving courtesy of Andrew and Allyn Echaniz. Architectural design courtesy of Perspectiva.

This plaque is dedicated in memory of
Josephine Leavell Polk.

[Spanish Translation:]
Fray Garc?a de San Francisco
Fundador de El Paso del Norte, 1659
Realizado por el Escultor John Houser
Fray Garc?a nac?o en Castilla la Vieja, Espa?a, y viaj? a M?xico en 1629 donde ingres? en la orden de los Franciscanos y ejerci? su ministerio en la provincia de Nuevo M?xico. En 1659 estableci? la Misi?n de los Indios Mansos de Nuestra Se?ora de Guadalupe en El Paso del Norte, una situaci?n estrat?gica a lo largo de El Camino Real. Este hecho di? lugar a la fundaci?n de las ciudades gemelas internacionales de El Paso, Texas y Cd. Ju?rez, Chihuahua. La escultura muestra a Fray Garc?a durante la construcci?n de la misi?n, en su mano derecha sostiene la viga del lintel con el nombre de la misi?n y el a?o de su fundaci?n. Las uvas de la misi?n representan la agricultura europea que ?l introdujo en esta zona. La misi?n original a?n se encuentra en el centro de Cd. Ju?rez.

El monumento a Fray Garc?a es el primero de una ser?a de doce monumentos que conmemoran los m de cuatrocientos a?os de la historia de esta regi?n-Los Doce Viajeros Memorial del Sudoeste.

El pavimento decorativo de Bomanite es por cortes?a de Andrew y Allyn Echainz. El dise?o arquitect?nico es cortes?a de Perspectiva.
Esta placa est? dedicada en memoria de
Josephine Leavell Polk.
HM NumberHMPD7
Series This marker is part of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro series, and the Markers Attached to Sculpture series.
Year Placed1996
Placed ByX11 Travelers Memorial of the Southwest
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 4:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 358984 N 3514630
Decimal Degrees31.75848333, -106.48896667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 45.509', W 106° 29.338'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 45' 30.54" N, 106° 29' 20.28" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 152-198 W Mills Ave, El Paso TX 79901, US
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