The United States Army's first post in what is now El Paso was established in 1849 at a place called Smith's Ranch. Located in the current downtown area, the post was abandoned in 1851 when the troops moved to New Mexico's Fort Fillmore.
A second El Paso post was erected at Magoffinsville in 1853. During the Civil War, the post was occupied by both Union and Confederate forces. In early 1868, flooding from the Rio Grande caused major damage to the post which was then relocated three miles east to a new site on "El Rancho de la Concordia",
owned by early El Paso settlers Hugh & Juana Stephenson, and renamed Camp Concordia.
The following year, 1869, the post was christened with a new name - Fort Bliss. The Fort lasted nine years at this location before being dismantled in January 1877. The actual site of this original Fort Bliss is located at 4001 Durazno Street, just below the Hwy 54 and I-10 Interchange.
WWI Memorial Masonic Section
Erected in Memory of El Paso Masons that made the supreme sacrifice in World War 1917-1918
VETERANS BURIED AT CONCORDIA CEMETERY BROKEN DOWN
BY WAR OR CONFLICT
Concordia Cemetery is the final resting place for veterans of all
United States Military Service Branches having served in conflicts and wars dating
back to the early 19th century
Civil War Confederates and Grand Army of the Republic
Indian Wars, including Buffalo Soldiers from 9th & 10th Cavalry and 24th & 25th Infantry
Spanish American War Rough Riders Punitive Expedition of the Mexican Revolution
World War I World War II
Korean Conflict Vietnam Conflict
Buffalo Soldier Memorial at Concordia Cemetery
only memorial of it's kind not located on a military installation.
Memorial Day DEDICATION May 28, 2012
A new interpretive sign was dedicated at the
Veteran Section of Concordia Cemetery:
This sign was made possible by a generous grant from
Members of the
Rotary Club of Franklin Mountains
Researched for the sign was compiled by
Concordia Heritage Association members:
Albert Burnham, PhD, Melissa Sargent and Patricia Bevel Kiddney
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To all soldiers, past, present and future.
We can never thank you enough the sacrifices you
make to keep us a free Nation and People.
May God bless you and watch over you!
Concordia Heritage Association