The Sugar House of El Paso

“You are visiting El Paso…? No one visits El Paso, people come here for work or to catch a flight – no one stays here”… said a man who first came in El Paso thirty years ago!

Where are you from?” People kept asking us, as if tourists are few and far between in this part of the world. The truth is, we didn’t see any either. Maybe because it was foggy and rainy and people stayed inside. Or maybe because we only stayed for a day-and-a-half.

What we did see was a delightful Mexican touch, evident everywhere: the food, the people, the history, the culture.

And this house.

In an otherwise dull neighbourhood, close to a busy highway, Rufino Loya Rivas, a Levi Strauss worker from Mexico and his wife Celia, bought a modest house. Deciding he would add a personal touch, Rivas began to carve and paint these intricate designs that soon surrounded the house, spending twenty five years and hundreds of hours of work and devotion to his project.

Art can be found in the most unexpected places.

El Paso, TX

October 12th, 2018

9 thoughts on “The Sugar House of El Paso

  1. Back in 1965, myself and 3 friends came thru Truth or Consequence on I 25 to El Paso to visit a friend at Ft Bliss. But what was of interest was Juarez, Mexico, the boarder town, with it’s Bull Ring, (We cheered for the bull!), modern horse race track, and (in juxtaposition,) dusty third world downtown. El Paso was bland, but there was a scenic mountain road and gondola lift overlooking the city. if the Large Array had been there, we surly would have visited prior to El Paso. M 🙂

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  2. Myself and three friends passed through Truth or Consequences on I 25 and on to El Paso to see a friend stationed at Ft. Bliss. Although a scenic road on a mountain overlooking El Paso was ok, we found adjacent Juarez, Mexico to be the place, with it’s Bull Ring (we cheered for the Bull) and modern horse racetrack. This was in juxtaposition with the dusty third world down town which in itself was an eye-opener to us Jersey Kids! M 🙂

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    1. I see exactly what you mean 🙂
      We could see Juarez from the top of the hill: a lively, messy, colourful city, in total contrast with the orderly, cooler, rather dull El Paso! We didn’t cross the border, not to trigger more questions about residence/visas etc. (we already passed a number of controls on U.S. territory, so had enough). Luckily, half of Juarez is crossing the border to El Paso daily, so we managed to get a whiff 🙂
      Must have been a whole different picture in 1965!



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