Y. M. C. A. Building - El Paso, Texas
Edificio Y.M.C.A.

Y. M. C. A. Building - El Paso, Texas

The postcard shows the old Y.M.C.A. Building. Y.M.C.A. stands for “Young Men’s Improvement Society”. This society focuses on strengthening the community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. The YMCA of El Paso was organized January 31, 1886 by a handful of young men who met at the First Baptist Church. It was in a bare room on San Antonio Street and their activities consisted mostly of prayer meetings. They later moved to San Francisco Street and established quarters above a livery stable. From 1909 to 1957 the society was accommodated in this building at the corner of Oregon and Missouri Streets.

Area: Central / Downtown

Collection: Gertrude Fitzgerald Photographs

Source: University of Texas at El Paso Library - Special Collections Department

Reference ID: PH025-3-1-041

Uploaded by: El Paso Museum of History


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I attended flamenco dance and drama classes circa 1958 in this building when it was under the administration of the YWCA.

Newer YMCA was built block bounded by Montana, Ochoa, Rio Grande, and virginia streets. In 2020 that property (not in downtown) was under direction of city Parks and Recreation Dept.

That is correct.

YMCA = Young Men´s Christian Association, que no?

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