Concordia Cemetery

Mountain Trail Region
3700 E Yandell Drive El Paso, TX 79903 (915) 842-8200
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EL PASO’S BOOT HILL

Concordia Cemetery, resting place of famous (and infamous) El Pasoans began with the simple grave of Juana Ascarate in the 1840s, deceased wife of Chihuahuan trader Hugh Stephenson. By the 1880s, the graveyard had achieved a regional popularity, providing eternal residence for settlers, civic leaders, ranchers, and politicians. It also accommodated outlaws and gunfighters, earning the name “El Paso’s Boot Hill” after the famous Boot Hill graveyard, named for the number of the outlaw inhabitants who died with their boots on. Infamous outlaws buried in Concordia include “Shotgun” John Collins, gunslinger and cattle rustler, L. Bass, drunkard and murderer, and John Wesley Hardin who quipped, “I never killed anyone who didn’t need killing.” The historic cemetery survives under the care of the Concordia Heritage Association, a non-profit with a mission to provide education and cultural and historical programs related to the cemetery and El Paso history. Ghost tours, an annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration, history walks, special projects, and meetings with the John Wesley Hardin Secret Society keep the cemetery calendar full. Who knew a graveyard could be so lively?

Concordia Cemetery

3700 E Yandell Drive El Paso, TX 79903

Admission

Free

Hours

Open Daily. Winter: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Summer: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.