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Welcome To Los Portales Museum and Information Center

San Elizario, Texas

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Thursday: 11 pm - 5 pm
Friday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm


About Us

About Los Portales Museum

The building which houses our historical museum was built around 1850 and is known as “Los Portales” (The Portals). It was once the residence of Capt. Gregorio Nacianceno Garcia, a well-known respectable member of the San Elizario community in the 1835-1898 era.

Capt. Garcia donated the building to the town of San Elceario to be used as a Public School. He hired the first school teacher and organized and became a member of the first school board. Thus, this building housed the first public school in El Paso County and served the town as such until 1936.

Book a tour

You can book a free tour where our staff can explain to you our local history that goes as back as 1598!!! Plus a tour of the San Elizario town aswell

Learn about our history!

Did you know that San Elizario is actually the place where the Second Thanksgiving took place right after the one in St. Augustine, FL? It took place here 30 years before even the Pilgrims set foot into the new land.


San Elizario History

More information coming soon.

The Salt War


San Elizario History


Pass of North


Upcoming Events

  • Luminaria Festival & Posada
    Luminaria Festival & Posada
    Sat, Dec 16
    San Elizario
    Dec 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MST
    San Elizario, 1521 San Elizario Rd, San Elizario, TX 79849, USA
    Dec 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MST
    San Elizario, 1521 San Elizario Rd, San Elizario, TX 79849, USA
    Watch as more than 2,000 luminarias light up the Presidio Chapel of San Elceario! During the posada festivities, you can enjoy traditional foods, a live Nativity play, and a piñata!

Visit our Genealogy & Historical Society!

Learn about the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society through their website and you can become a member!

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