1120 Magoffin Ave.
(Visitors Center is at 1117 Magoffin Ave.)
El Paso, Texas 79901
GPS: N31° 45' 46" W106° 28' 39.4"
A striking adobe structure, Magoffin Home State Historic Site explores the stories of a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil and U.S.–Mexico relations. The 1875 home is a prime example of Territorial style architecture.
From the Blog
By Jeff Harris, Site Manager, Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Joseph Magoffin’s grandfather, Beriah Magoffin, was an immigrant from County Down, Ireland, who settled in Kentucky.
Joseph’s father, James Wiley Magoffin, was a trader on the Chihuahua-Santa Fe trail. James Wiley had contact with many American Indian groups as he traveled along the trail.
By Laura DeNormandie, THC Historic Sites Chief Curator
In 2010, Magoffin Home State Historic Site’s beloved and fine plaster statue of “angelot,” or small angel, was painstakingly reproduced through the collaboration between Site Manager Leslie Bergloff and Richard Glass, an established El Paso sculpture conservator. This careful effort took nine months. Beginning with a review of oral...
By Leslie Bergloff, Magoffin Home Site Manager
Looking intently into each other’s eyes, Lt. William Glasgow and Josephine Magoffin met in Fort Bayard, New Mexico, sometime between April 1892 and May 1895. It was the start of a love affair that would last for 71 years.
Who would have guessed that these two young people—one born in El Paso and the other in Saint Louis, Missouri—...