El Paso’s downtown area is kind of unique. Many if its buildings have remained relatively unchanged since their initial construction. Sure, businesses have come and gone and some new buildings have replaced old dilapidated or damaged structures. For the most part though, we have retained in continual use many of the buildings and homes that date back to the early 1900’s.
The neighborhoods in central El Paso and in the Sunset heights area retain their older character as well. As they say, you can’t stop progress and with construction of the I-10 freeway, it would obliterate a few hundred homes and businesses that ran along its route.
On both sides of Prospect St. were it croses over the freeway there are 2 distinct areas were a few remnants of these buildings once sat.
Parking up on the north side of prospect, you find the first set of stairs to nowhere:
What’s fascinating is that in addition to the stairs the foundations are largely intact. The walls may be long gone but somebody still resides here:
On the south end of Prospect St. there is a larger area that was once apartments. There may be some other reason that they are no longer standing as they seem to be situated closer to the historic San Francisco neighborhood and out of the range of the freeway.
This plat of land had more of an archaeological dig feel to it. Large sections of sidewalk and wall foundations are easily identifiable.
And just like the other side there are various signs vagrant activity. Old shoes, mattresses and camp like sites were butted up against the few remaining walls.
The tile entryway in one of the buildings was still intact, you don’t find build quality like that anymore:
I had to split as I was parked illegally on Prospect St. but I did get a few more interesting shots that can be found here: Lost Foundations