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Rebekah Dobrasko

La Vida de Chihuahuita: Telling the Story of a Border Community


Chihuahuita is one of the oldest neighborhoods in El Paso, Texas. With only a few residential blocks, it sits at one of the city’s original border crossings into Mexico. The neighborhood, named as such because it was the first stop of immigrants from the adjacent state of Chihuahua, is hemmed in today by the border wall, railroads, and the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Border West Expressway. Read More

Trashy history: Infrastructure as historic property

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Editor’s note: This post continues a series commemorating the anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act by examining a past article published in The Public Historian, describing its significance and relating it to contemporary conversations in historic preservation. 

Everything is bigger in Texas, even its infrastructure. Read More