The history of the Pass of the North (EL Paso del Rio del Norte) is our city's greatest asset. Through this narrow corridor historical forces swept into the Great American Southwest, mingling with Native American prople and traditions to create the rich cultural and racial amalgam that is our region today. our soil is testmony to the epic struggle of Native Americans, Old World explorers, colonizers, soldiers, outlaws, entrpreneurs and revolutionaries. The XII Travelers Memorial, conceived by sculptor John Houser, is a dramatic vehicle for acquainting young and old with our unique history. Famed El Paso artist Tom Lea Jr., who initially developed the Twelve Traveler's illustrated book and calendar in 1947, gave John his support to further develop the concept into a sculptrue project.
Through monumental sculpture we can raise these sleeping forms into our midst - dramatizing a remarkable history to ourselves and to our nation. In doing this we also create a tangible soul of our region. The monumental character of our history demands a memorial of monumental proportions.
Mexico's Zapotec President: Developing Democracy to the South (1864 - 1865)
Susan Shelby Magoffin
Down the Santa Fe Trail: The Santa Fe / Chihuahua Trail (1821 - 1880)
Don Juan de Oñate
The Colonizer: The Spanish Settlement of the Southwest (1598 - 1680)
Fray García de San Francisco
Founder of the Pass of the North: The Building of the Missions (1598 - 1740)
The XII Travlers Memorial of the Southwest is an integrated sculpture tour through history comprising of twelve separate (bronze, over life-size) monuments. The memorial includes individuals, groupings, equestrians that serve as metaphors for histrical movements and periods.