2000 Census - 8,043
Fabens Texas History:
The earliest settlement was the 1665 San Francisco de los Sumas Mission which was established just southeast of the present townsite. The San Felipe stagecoach station was established three miles northeast of the site prior to 1870. In the 1870s, Teodoro and Epitacia Álvarez established the Mezquital farm which was located on the present Fabens townsite. In 1887, they sold the farm to E. S. Newman by Sabas Grijalva and Diego Loya. The first permanent settler was Eugenio Pérez who arrived in 1900 and established a small store. After the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway built through the area, he established the Fabens post office in his store, and established a water pumping station for residents and the steam trains. By 1914 the town had a few railroad section houses, two stores and approximately 100 residents. Though the town was platted in 1911, development did not begin until 1915 when the Fabens Townsite and Improvement Company purchased the townsite. The completion of the Franklin Irrigation Canal and the rise in cotton prices during World War I attracted wealthy investors leading to the town’s growth. In 1972, Sam Peckinpah filmed “The Getaway,” the crime drama starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, in Fabens. Fabens is located on the Rio Grande River at the intersections of IH-10, SH 20 and FM 76, 52.7 miles southeast of Anthony, 32 miles southeast of El Paso, 13.9 miles southeast of Socorro, 9.9 miles southeast of San Elizario, and 92.6 miles northwest of Van Horn, Texas.
El Porvenir, Chiapas, Mexico:
The 2010 census was 13,201. Visitor information is available on the town website.
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Fort Hancock-El Porvenir International Bridge:
This 2 lane bridge is only used by passenger vehicles. Approximately 800 to1,000 vehicles cross each day. The crossing is known locally as Puente El Porvenir. It is located on FM 1088 in Fort Hancock, Texas, approximately 25 miles southeast of Fabens. Fort Hancock Area Map Fort Hancock Map; Click to Enlarge
Annual Ysleta Mission Festival, 2nd Weekend in July, Socorro, TX:
The annual three day Ysleta Mission Festival is recognized as one of El Paso’s premier festival events. It has been held on the second weekend of July for over a century, and attracts thousands of music lovers to the grounds of the 326 year old Ysleta Mission. Activities include live music, traditional dances, arts and crafts, authentic Southwest cuisine, and games for the entire family. (915) 859-9848. 131 South Zaragoza Road, Socorro, Texas.
Valley Growers Association, Fabens, TX:
Open Wed, 9am-3pm; Sat-Sun, 8:30am-3:30pm. (915) 764-2149. 312 Main Street.
San Elizario Farmer's Market, San Elizario, TX:
Open Sat, 8am-1pm. (915) 487-5966. The market is located on the San Elizario Plaza at the San Elizario Mission.
Licon Dairy, San Elizario, TX:
They raise dairy cows and produce and sell dairy products including cheeses. Their Azaderos cheese is very popular. Amenities include a petting zoo and a fishing pond stocked with catfish. The petting zoo is free. There is a fee charged for fishing. (915) 851-2705. 11951 Glorietta Road.
Cattleman's Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch:
Ranch amenities include a private zoo, a lake, a movie set, Cattleman’s Steakhouse Restaurant, and Fort Apache. Cattleman’s Steakhouse is known for its great steaks. The ranch is open daily; no admission fees apply. The restaurant is open Mon-Fri, 5pm-10pm; Sat, 12:30pm-10pm; Sun, 12:30pm-9pm. (915) 544-3200. The ranch is located 20 miles southeast of El Paso at 3045 S. Fabens, Fabens, TX 79838. The ranch is located 5 miles north of Exit 49 (Fabens) on IH-10. Fort Apache Map Reviews