OŇATE CROSSING/HART’S MILL/OLD FORT BLISS makes the list of Texas’ most endangered places

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 7:50pm

Oňate Crossing/Hart’s Mill/Old Fort Bliss in south El Paso is among the 12 sites that Preservation Texas, Inc. has named to its eleventh annual list of Texas’ Most Endangered Places.

OŇATE CROSSING/HART’S MILL/OLD FORT BLISS is a tract of land on the Rio Grande that holds archaeological and architectural evidence of many layers of history.  From the 1598 crossing of Juan de Oňate along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, to the development of Simeon Hart’s mill in the 1850s, to the construction of adobe officers’ quarters at Old Fort Bliss between 1878 and 1893.

Preservation Texas said modern intrusions obscure this history, including elevated highway ramps, roads, parking lots, river channelization, modifications to the Hart’s Mill building, and the construction of a pedestrian fence by the Department of Homeland Security. They said additionally, plans for highway improvements will impact this site as well. 

Sites named to the 2014 list are:

Abilene Courts
Abilene, Taylor County
Brinkley Davis House
Limestone County
Camp Logan / Hogg Bird Sanctuary
Houston, Harris County
Clay House
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County
Dorbandt House
Marble Falls, Burnet County
Jefferson Ordnance Magazine
Jefferson, Marion County
Lerma’s Nite Club
San Antonio, Bexar County
Mary Allen Seminary
Crockett, Houston County
Oňate Crossing/Hart’s Mill/Old Fort Bliss
El Paso, El Paso County
Pig Stand No. 41
Beaumont, Jefferson County
Port Isabel Yacht Club Hotel
Port Isabel, Cameron County
Reynolds-Seaquist House
Mason, Mason County

Preservation Texas, Inc. is the advocate for preserving the historic resources of Texas. Founded in 1985, the nonprofit organization named its first list of endangered sites in 2004.  Its Most Endangered Places program is funded in part by grants and sponsorships from across the state.


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