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Situated in the borderland region between the United States and Mexico, El Paso is often called the "Sun City." This urban center in western Texas is home to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the University of Texas at El Paso. Making its mark on pop culture, several songs mention the city like county singer and song writer Marty Robbins' "El Paso" and El Paso City." Then, numerous movies like those in the western genre were filmed in or near the Texan city. In fact, many people who have never been to western Texas have heard of this urban center with its surrounding desert landscape.

However, when people hear the name "El Paso" they almost automatically get a picture of a sunset with a saguaro cactus or two in the foreground. This has happened because of food brands and movies that have put the city and the cactus together for decades, but the truth is that no saguaro cactus grows naturally within over 100 miles from the urban center.

Still, El Paso is well known because of just such exposure. Of course, people have helped to make the city a memorable place such as writers and personalities from the movie industry. Actually, people filling a long list have lived in the city like literary greats Raymond Carver and Pat Mora. Then, the movie actress and celebrity singer Debbie Reynolds was born in El Paso.

The real story of the city goes back for centuries. Of course, the first people to inhabit the land were Native Americans. The last known of these settlers were farmers who grew maize or corn. In the late 1680s after over 100 years of exploration through the region, the Spanish established a small town where El Paso sits today. From this town, the Spaniards governed the New Mexico Territory.

Now, El Paso became part of Texas in the mid-1800s. Then at the end of the Civil War, the village grew. In the late 1800s a railroad was built to pass through the town and trains began stopping. Many different types of industries and mining boosted the economy and the city continued to expand until current times. Trade and positive relations with Mexico and its city just across the border has been good for the local economy as well.

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