El Paso, Texas
Boots are serious business in El Paso, the westernmost city in Texas. Celebrities have been known to come into town on a private charter jet just to shop at the famous bootmakers to get a pair of handmade cowboy boots worn by the likes of John Wayne, Charlie Daniels, Roy Rogers – and Taylor Swift.
Shop for the boots along El Paso Street, the oldest street in the city, when in town to do business at Western Refining, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in El Paso, or any of the other 70 Fortune 500 with offices in El Paso, such as the Hoover Company, Eureka, Boeing, and Delphi.
Business in El Paso
One of the city’s largest employers, Schneider Electric, which was founded in 1836 and is headquartered in France, is building its fourth manufacturing plant in El Paso.
In addition to manufacturing, El Paso’s economy is based on its growing information technology industry, agriculture, livestock, petroleum refining – and tourism.
Other large employers are the University of Texas at El Paso, Fort Bliss (and the on-site) United States Army’s Air Defense Center and the federal government (DEA agents, immigration and border patrol).
Have Fun While You’re Here
No matter what takes you to El Paso, you should find time to check out the many things that make it a tourist mecca, like the grave of John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895), who is alleged to have killed more men than Billy the Kid or Jesse James. A lawyer and son of a preacher, Hardin said he never killed a man who didn’t need killing.
His grave, protected from vandals by a stone and steel structure that resembles a house-shaped dog crate, is located in Concordia Cemetery, a Texas State Memorial Cemetery in which more than 60,000 people, including outlaws, Buffalo Soldiers, Texas Rangers, Civil War veterans and Chinese immigrants who came to build the railroad, are buried.
Right across the street is El Paso’s most famous restaurant and a great place to grab a genuine Mexican meal and a beer. The L&J Café, “The Old Place by the Graveyard,” opened as Tony’s Place in 1927. It’s been renamed but still run by the same family four generations later. Try its fan-favorites, green chile chicken enchiladas, or chile rellenos.