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A Brief History of Mission Valley

Mission Valley is the third largest area of El Paso and also the oldest, dating back to the late 1600s when present-day Texas was a territory of New Spain. In 1680, the Isleta Pueblo tribe revolted against the Spaniards who had been pushed into what is now El Paso. The Spaniards who remained in the area established three Spanish missions that are still standing today: Ysleta Mission, Socorro Mission, and San Elizario Chapel.

Mission Valley is also the site of the first true Thanksgiving in North America, as it was where the conquistadores ordered a big feast north of the Rio Grande in 1598 as they claimed the territory for King Phillip II of Spain.

El Paso is unique for being a city that crosses state and international boundaries, and Mission Valley sits right against that boundary. It is closely connected to the cultures of both New Mexico and Mexico, not just Texas, and the economy relies on people regularly crossing back and forth over the state and international borders. Some citizens in Mission Valley are direct descendants of the Spaniards who settled the area.

Two Dr. John M. Purdy DDS Locations Near Mission Valley

We love serving the people of Mission Valley through our nearby El Paso locations and helping them achieve their dental health goals. Whether that means essential preventative dentistry through regular cleaning appointments, something more advanced like dental implants, or even emergency treatments in the case of an injury, we look forward to being your partners in lifelong dental health. Check this map if you need directions to our McRae practice and this map for our Mesa practice.

If you are unsure whether your situation is considered a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact us anyway. We quickly diagnose and determine the gravity of the problem and treat you according to your emergency needs promptly. Sometimes life happens, and there are just times when dental care is immediately needed. In these times, an emergency dentist is who you need to call.

Discover the Best of Mission Valley

A great place to go in El Paso is the zoo! The El Paso Zoo is just a fifteen-minute drive southeast of our Mesa location or fifteen minutes west of our McRae location. It’s a great size for young children to visit without getting too tired. The facilities are clean and well run, and the animals are happy and healthy. The kids will love the petting zoo with friendly animals like rabbits and goats.

One piece of history you can’t miss if you’re in the area is the El Paso Mission Trail. You can visit all three of the original missions, which are about three miles apart, and learn more about the history of the city. Soccoro Mission in particular is a lovely, peaceful place with a lot of beauty to enjoy. It feels timeless and serene.