Growing Up in El Paso, TX

A commemorative plaque in the Acme Saloon talks about John Wesley Hardin

El Paso, the World of Guyrex

By Jane Little Botkin / July 2, 2021 /

Some folks claim that El Paso, Texas, should be El Paso, New Mexico. It’s true that the city sits in isolation from the rest of the state—635 miles from Dallas, 600 miles from Austin, and 551 miles from San Antonio. These same naysayers maintain that Midland, 306 miles away, is true West Texas, not El…

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White roses

The Pink Dress, Memoir of a GuyRex Girl

By Jane Little Botkin / February 22, 2020 /

My parents initiated a truce the year I won a beauty-queen title. Actually, I was promoted to queen, but to my mother, how I received the title was of no consequence. In effect, I moved from a dysfunctional middle-class family into a theatrical ménage of high performers, intent on managing all aspects of my life for one…

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Copper Stain book cover (199 x 300)

Growing up with ASARCO, EL Paso, TX

By Jane Little Botkin / February 10, 2019 /

The University of Oklahoma Press recently released a new book that certainly caught my attention. Copper Stain, by Elaine Hampton and Cynthia C. Ontiveros, should be an excellent read. I was raised on El Paso’s northeast side but moved near ASARCO (the west side) after I turned 18. The smelter’s community plays a small role in my book Frank…

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 House surrounded by trees, black and white (300 x 255)

La Bruja de Calle Piedmont

By Jane Little Botkin / October 31, 2018 /

This morning I had one of those rare moments, reveries really, when I was back in El Paso. Perhaps it’s because today is Halloween, or because I am working on Jane Street family anecdotes, threshing the chaff from tiny story-seeds. I recalled sitting in Dr. John O. West’s American folklore class at the University of…

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