El Paso’s Melting Pot
El Paso’s rich historic heritage, which embraces Spanish, Mexican, Native American, and Anglo cultures, is evident throughout the city. It is most visible, however, in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, el Segundo Barrio or the Second Ward, which developed in the 1880s principally through immigration from Mexico. Today, you’ll find urban street murals that speak to the working-class Hispanic experience and the evolution of the neighborhood. The Segundo Barrio is an outdoor museum where visitors can see vibrant images of religious icons, stylized indigenous motifs, and Mexican culture while experiencing the vibrant daily life of the neighborhood. Bowie Bakery, renowned for its Mexican pan dulce, is a barrio favorite and a more than sufficient reason to make a trip to the neighborhood.
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