Magoffin Home State Historic Site

#11 in Best Things To Do in El Paso
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Key Info

1120 Magoffin Ave.

Price & Hours

$7 for adults; $4 for children 6-18; free for children 5 and younger
Tues-Sun 9.a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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The Magoffin family was instrumental in developing the El Paso area. Following the Civil War, Joseph Magoffin, a wealthy local businessman, used his influence and land to help build the El Paso area's infrastructure, including railroads and a local bank. He was also El Paso's fourth mayor and helped care for the city's streets, implement a school system and more.

His family's home was built in 1877. The home is made of adobe brick, and its walls are several feet thick. Wooden beams adorn the interior ceilings. As the home changed over the years, so did the interior styles. In some rooms, you'll find furniture from the 1800s, while others feature decor from the 1930s. Today, visitors can tour the house to learn more about the family and see its preserved art and furniture.

Travelers say the house is a great place to visit for those who are curious about the city's history. They also appreciate the informative volunteers, who offer extra information about the home and family.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site is located within walking distance of downtown. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 18 and free for those 5 and younger. Discounted family rates are available. The home is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; however, the visitor center closes at 4 p.m. Know that you must reserve a tour in advance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the home's website for more information.

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