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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


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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Camp Concordia and 
Veterans Section at Concordia Cemetery
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
Installation Crew:
Albert, Melissa and Bernie
Don Powell and Patricia Kiddney
Eastwood High School ROTC was our wonderful Color Guard
Lt Colonel Manny Navarete, Ret. shared the "Empty Table" Salute to our POW's & MIA's
Wreath donated by Danny Lopez
Concordia Cemetery Official troubadour Cliff Seaman playing patriotic and Spiritual music for the audience.
Saluting and remembering our POW's and MIA's.
Buffalo Soldier Memorial at Concocrdia Cemetery