Twelve (12) Travelers Memorial of the Southwest
MISSION STATEMENT: To celebrate our region’s rich history with monumental bronze statues commemorating the diverse men and women who traveled through the Pass of the North over the past 500 years. MISIÓN: Para celebrar la rica historia de nuestra región con monumentales estatuas de bronce que conmemoran a los diversos hombres y mujeres que viajaron a través del Paso del Norte durante los útimos 500 años. s here.

Causes: Arts and Culture

  The Twelve Travelers Memorial of the Southwest was established in 
  1993 and organized to increase public awareness for the Twelve 
  Travelers Project. 
  This project is a series of twelve bronze monuments of historical 
  figures of the Southwest.
  These monuments will be placed in El Paso, Texas for the enjoyment 
  and education of all who visit. Our vision is to have the monuments 
  in close enough proximity so as to promote a leisurely walk through 
  history as each monument can be visited and viewed.
  We have completed four of them.  They are:  Benito Juarez at the 
  Chamizl National Memorial, the Equestrian at the El Paso 
  International Airport,  Susan Magoffin at the Keystone Hertiage Park, 
  4200 Doniphan Park and Fray Garcia de San Francisco at 125 Pioneer 
  Plaza, dowtown.
  Candidates for the next bronze monuments are:
    **Cabeza de Vaca**- Explorer & Healer and **Estebanico**- Linguist, 
    Explorer, First black man in the U.S.
    Monument of **Francisco Tilagua and Bartolo Pique** - Founders of
    the Tigua Indians.
    Monument of **Henry Ossian Flipper** – Soldier, Engineer, Surveyor, 
    Translator & Historian.
The historical links between U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Mexican President Benito Juarez have been long studied by historians. The shifting of the course of the Rio Grande that began the Chamizal conflict began while these two Presidents were in office, and both were locked in battles to save their respective republics (The Civil War for Lincoln, The War against France for Juarez).  Completed in October 2022.  Completed October 2022.
On July 29, 2009, the bronze maquette of Susan Shelby Magoffin was publicly unveiled in downtown El Paso at the Doubletree Hotel. The public event officially inaugurated the monument's public involvement, community education, project promotion and fundraising. The next day, ironically on the birthday of Susan Magoffin, the sculptors spoke at the Encaustic International Art Gallery and Studio in El Paso where the bronze maquette and the bas-relief (clay sketch) were featured
When El Pasoans walk, they celebrate the endurance of the Franciscan friars and the Native Americans who long ago traversed on foot the vast Southwestern landscape. Fray García founded Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission at the Pass of the North in 1659 (El Paso, Texas and C. Juarez, Chihuahua). The little community became an important settlement on the Camino Real de Adentro (Royal Road of the Interior) that linked Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Some of the contributions of these first Hispanic pioneers and subsequent expeditions to North America are the introduction of the Spanish language, Christianity, European musical instruments, farming and mining equipment, spices, cookware, fruit tree cuttings, seeds and domestic animals, that included cattle, pigs, and goats. Most dramatic historically among the livestock introduced on the Oñate expedition was the horse – war horses and mares --which became so culturally vital to Native Americans in subsequent years.