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[photo] Magoffin Homestead
Courtesy of Magoffin Homestead State Historic Site
Joseph Magoffin, the son of the United States Consul in Chihuahua, Mexico, was born in 1837. After the death of his father in 1868 Magoffin inherited the family estate. He became a successful businessman and politician and was involved in promoting and organizing street railways and public utilities. He was elected mayor of El Paso four times. In 1875 Magoffin constructed his house known as the Magoffin Homestead. The one-story U-shaped complex was constructed around a central patio using a combination of traditional adobe building styles. A unique feature of the residence is the elaborate Victorian-style architectural detailing in the original portions of the house.

The Magoffin Homestead State Historic Site is located at 1120 Magoffin Ave., in El Paso. The homestead is open daily 9:00am to 4:00pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. There is a fee for admission. For further information call 915-533-5147 or visit the homestead's website.



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