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Magoffin Home State Historic Site, El Paso

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A striking historic adobe structure, this site explores the stories of a multicultural family who influenced the development of the Southwest borderlands. Magoffin family members actively participated in American expansion, West Texas settlement, trade on the Santa Fe Trail, Civil War turmoil, military service and U.S.-Mexico relations. The home, built around 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, is a prime example of Territorial style architecture and features a center courtyard and a peaceful landscape. Explore the home's authentic art and furnishings reflecting the daily lives of this prominent El Paso family.
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  • Guided tours are offered every hour on Saturday, so planning ahead will make a visit much better. I have toured many houses across the US and the Magoffin Home is impressive for the $4 ticket price  more »
  • The price is cheap & tickets must be purchased across the street in a visitor center which looks like a fairly old place with its own stories. Our guide was a 20 something who clearly knew the family....  more »
  • Prominent family of the time dwell House of the Magoffin, elegant lounges, bedrooms and bathrooms, a guided tour, the visit has a reasonable cosoto. but it reflects the historai of political and military of el Paso texas
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  • This district was my old news paper route from 1978 through 1983. I use to deliver the newspaper to over 100 homes. My clients would tip very good and took care of me during the holidays with small gifts.
  • The historic Magoffin Home was originally built by El Paso mayor Joseph Magoffin in 1875. His family lived there until 1976, when the City of El Paso and the State of Texas bought it–and apparently also bought the ghosts that came with it. One ghost is believed to be Charles Richardson, Joseph Magoffin’s brother-in-law and best friend. Uncle Charlie rocks in the rocking chair that he died in long ago, and also opens and closes doors and tinkers with the lights. Also here are a ghostly lady in blue, thought to be Octavia Magoffin, as well as a little girl and a lady in a white Victorian-style dress. Cold breezes and taps on the shoulder have been reported by homestead visitors.
  • The guided tour is very informative. The home is beautiful and a must see on a trip to El Paso
  • Wonderful taste of local history with some paranormal appeal.
  • The Magoffin Home has the most caring staff and represents a jewel in the crown of El Paso history. You won't regret it when you visit.