Another one of the my great recollections and landmarks in El Paso were the Alligators in San Jacinto Plaza.  I went downtown often when I was a kid, sometimes with my parents and sometimes on the Government Hill bus by myself.  They taught me to ride it when I was quite young, catching it on Rosewood and Montana Streets and getting on and off at the Plaza.

We probably all did the alligators in by making a wish and throwing pennies into their pond.  There has been many controversies regarding the removal of the alligators and the desire to bring them back.  They have actually been venerated in the form of a public art piece by celebrated El Paso artist, the late Luis Jimenez.

My parents let me go downtown on Sunday afternoons to watch movies at the Crawford Theatre. The movies were usually what I like to call "Sunday Sagas," sword wielding knights and pirates on horseback and wooden ships.  It was cheap, with a quarter I could get on the bus, go to the movie (they always put…
Pelancho is the nickname that some of my aunts, uncles and cousins on my Mother's side (the Bouvets, Herrera's and Rosales) called me when we were kids.  Some of them still do.  It seemed appropriate to use it as my blog handle.

The image of the star on Mount Franklin is important to me as my last job in my hometown of El Paso before I left on January 15, 1977 was to turn on and guard the star at night.  The star graces the side of Mount Franklin in El Paso and is situated right above our family home.

I worked at El Paso Electric company at the time.  I would drive up to the mountain in a jeep and spend the night on the crest.  It was a wonderful place to "PONDER" life, art, the future.  On a few occasions I had to chase kids down off the mountain that had hiked up to shoot out the light bulbs.  At the time the star was made of bulbs suspended from telephone poles.  I'm not sure that is still the case.  Also, the star was only lit during the Christmas Holiday. …
Pelancho - Derived from the Spanish Esperanza (nickname for hope, expectation).  It is taken from the title of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza meaning "Our Lady of Hope."

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