It is no secret that I have a love affair with old things. (Old Books especially!)
So as things have finally started to settle down into a good routine,
and every single box from our move has been sorted,
I have started looking for ways to volunteer in our new community.
The first thing I looked for was a Community Garden – which coincidentally is located on the grounds of the Old Fort Bliss Replica. These buildings were built with a donation in 1948 from the city of El Paso to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Fort Bliss.
I am really looking forward to hopefully establishing a Living History group here as well as being part of the Community Garden throughout the year – because I have a LOT to learn about growing things in the desert!
Another interesting place to visit on post is the Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum – which ironically used to be in Baumholder Germany! Too bad they couldn’t throw our Household Goods in with the tanks when they shipped it here to El Paso, Texas!
Here is a picture of William Wallace Smith Bliss himself – a highly decorated officer for bravery during the Mexican War where he served under Major General Zachary Taylor. Maybe that’s one of the reasons he was given permission to marry his daughter Mary shortly after Zachary Taylor was elected President.
The museum is full of military artifacts, displays, and vehicles spanning over 200 years.
It was truly a wonderland for three kids and their Pop-pop!
If you ever find yourself visiting El Paso, I highly recommend you visit both of these wonderful places to discover more about what life was like for the frontier army in the wild west as well as the history of the Old Ironsides Brigade. (And if you have young children, be sure to visit the Replica site first because there is plenty of room for the kids to run!)
If you would like to follow our progress, I have started a facebook page for the Old Fort Bliss Replica site where I’ll be sharing upcoming community events – including new plans to build a historic replica German four-square garden! Oh – and if you know anyone who might be interested in participating in some 19th century living history activities, send them my way too!
What is the history of your local town or city?
Do you have a favorite museum that you like to visit in your surrounding community?