The article doesn't seem to have solid information on the back and forth population demographics during the 19th century.
quote:After the Civil War's conclusion, the town's population began to grow as Texans continued to move into the villages and soon became the majority. El Paso itself, incorporated in 1873, encompassed the small area communities that had developed along the river. In the 1870s, a population of 23 non-Hispanic whites and 150 Hispanics was reported. With the arrival of the Southern Pacific, Texas and Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroads in 1881, the population boomed to 10,000 by the 1890 census, with many Anglo-Americans, recent immigrants, old Hispanic settlers, and recent arrivals from Mexico.
But El Paso was ethnic Spanish in the first half of the 19th century for sure.
Always seemed to be about 50%, roughly.
So why are ethnic-Spanish (or Mexicans), in El Paso, seen as some alien group, by some folks?
Crap, I see the gun issue has reared its head (tuned into news)
I should quote where I left off in the wikipedia article
quote:the population boomed to 10,000 by the 1890 census, with many Anglo-Americans, recent immigrants, old Hispanic settlers, and recent arrivals from Mexico. The location of El Paso as well as the arrival of these more wild newcomers caused the city to become a violent and wild boomtown known as the "Six Shooter Capital" because of its lawlessness. Indeed, prostitution and gambling flourished until World War I, when the Department of the Army pressured El Paso authorities to crack down on vice (thus benefitting vice in neighboring Ciudad Juárez). With the suppression of the vice trade and in consideration of the city's geographic position, the city continued into developing as a premier manufacturing, transportation, and retail center of the U.S. Southwest.
I hope we can talk about the historic demographic contradictions, among racists and American nationalists, but the never-ending gun obsession will dilute the conversation.
The "Six Shooter Capital" is all the gun conversation I care to hear about, don't let the gun control crowd dilute from the real issue here: racist insanity and ignorance of history.
(The gun control crowd, itself, never seems to have a solid grasp of history IMO)