While most El Pasoans know Castner Range only for its annual display of poppies, the Frontera Land Alliance, the El Paso Community Foundation, and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition have documented a host of other objects which make the range’s 7,000 acres of open space worthy of protection as a National Monument.
Researchers have identified more than forty archaeological and historical sites within Castner Range including extensive collections of petroglyphs, remnants of failed tin mining operations, and small stone structures and pottery.
A complete listing is included in the Archaeological and Historical Background Study of Castner Range which will be released by the Frontera Land Alliance on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
Preservation of Castner Range as a National Monument is an initiative of the Frontera Land Alliance. Visit casterrangenationalmonument.org for more information.
The Frontera Land Alliance protects — forever — natural areas, working farms and ranches, water and wildlife for future generations in the West Texas and Southern New Mexico region of the Chihuahuan Desert.
WHO: Ms. Elia Perez, Author, Archeological and Historical Background Study of Castner Range
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, 16th Congressional District of Texas
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser
State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, District 29
State Rep. Joe Moody, District 78
City Rep. Carl Robinson, District 4
EPISD Trustee Susie Byrd, District 3
Ms. Marie Otero, Teacher, El Paso High School
Esmeralda Amaya, Student, El Paso High School
WHAT: Release of the Archaeological and Historical Background Study of Castner Range
WHERE: El Paso Museum of Archaeology 4301 Transmountain Road
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2016 10 a.m.
WHY: To highlight the first comprehensive analysis of the many historical and archaeological treasures located on Castner Range which deserve the protection afforded by the long-sought National Monument declaration.