For over 100 years Concordia Cemetery has played an important role in El Paso. The rich, the poor, the famous, the notorious: all have a resting place here. The cemetery had its beginnings as a ranch settled by pioneer Hugh Stephenson and his wife Juana Maria Ascarate. Between 1930 and 1940 the settlement came to be known as Concordia, named after the Missouri town in which Stephenson was raised. Born in Kentucky, Stephenson arrived in the area around 1824 and was one of the first Anglo-American settlers. A hunter and trapper, he later became a trader with mining interests in Mexico. There he met his wife, the daughter of wealthy landowners.

In 1854, a chapel and cemetery were built at the Stephensons' ranch. The chapel was named "San Jose de Concordia el Alto." On February 6, 1856, a pet deer gored Juana Ascarate Stephenson, and she became the first person to be buried in the Concordia Cemetery. Stephenson lost his land after the Civil War, but his son-in-law, Albert H. French, purchased the Concordia property at a federal marshal's sale in 1867. French sold each of the Stephenson's heirs an equal portion of the property for a dollar.
By the 1880s, various groups interested in establishing cemeteries were contacting the heirs. The city of El Paso bought its first part of the cemetery in 1882 as a burial ground for paupers.

By the 1890s, sections had been purchased by different groups and were designated Jesuit, Catholic, Masonic, Jewish, Black, Chinese, military, city, county and other ethnic and social groups. Today, Concordia has about 65,000 individual graves. Historian Dena Hirsch refers to Concordia Cemetery as "a collection of privately owned, publicly owned, and non-owned burial lands" consisting of 54 acres. Thus, no one organization or person accepts responsibility for maintaining Concordia.

Uploaded on 07.22.2014 by El Paso Museum of History

Central / Five Points, (1930 - 1939), Cultural Heritage

  • concordia cemetery
  • grave
  • death
  • killing
  • Hugh Stephenson
  • Juana Maria Ascarate
  • Five Points East
  • pistolero
  • asesinato
  • matanza
  • combatiente a pistola
  • Cinco Punto este

in Description add Texas after El Paso.

Your comment will be visible after the El Paso Museum staff has reviewed it. This usually happens within 24 hours.

Thank you for your comment

Concordia Cemetery - El Paso, Texas

Report this entry

Choose the most important reason for this report

Your name

Your email address

Optional detail

Thank you for your report

More from the same community-collection

St.Joseph's Catholic School Class of 2012

Photograph of St.Joseph's Catholic School Class of 2012 in uniform and sitting on the bleachers in the infamous gym. Saint...

St.Joseph's Catholic School Class of 2012 in first grade.

Here is a photo of half of the students of the Class of 2012 in their first grade year. Saint...

3609 Tularosa Front View - El Paso, Texas

Photograph taken by Thurman Studio Portraits & Commercial Photography 217 S. El Paso Street

Tom McKay's Birthday - 2017

Han Family visits Tom McKay on his birthday. Photograph was taken in the Five Points area. Birthday party took place...

Rene A. Valenzuela-1960

My eighth grade photograph from St. Joseph's Parochial School in 1960 at
El Paso, TX. I had to borrow...

Olalee McCall, Douglass High School, El Paso, Texas

Olalee McCall became the high school English teacher at Douglass School for Negro Children in 1914. Later, she served as...


CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL - MARTY'S FOLLY NUMBER I. Enedina listens attentively as Julius Lowenberg (playing the part of Senator Fog...

Cathedral High School - Irish Run 10 April 2014 (2243)

Cathedral High School - Irish Run 10 April 2014 (2243) (52) If Larry Romero does make the wrong choice he...

Frances Marie Grundy Wedding - 1949

December 28, 1949 - wedding of Frances Marie Grundy - Chapel A.M.E. Church. Married by Rev. Crenshaw pastor of Second...

Cathedral High School, Mr. G's celebration.

Cathedral High School, Mr. G"s Memorial Celebration

Barbara Lee With Everett Thomas

Photograph: Congresswoman Barbara Lee posing with Everett Thomas during her book signing at the McCall Center in El Paso, Texas,...

Hommel Family - 2017 - Pastor Of Chinese Baptist Church

Hommel Family - 2017 - Pastor Of Chinese Baptist Church. Located at 2030 Grant Ave, El Paso, TX 79930.

H. L Washington

A young H. L Washington - El Paso, Texas. He was born January 1, 1890 in West Point, Texas. He...

Rev. Johnnie M. Washington - 1989

Rev. Johnnie M. Washington - 1989 in El Paso, Texas

Congresswoman Barbara Lee With Her Sister, Mildred Whitfield

Photograph: Barbara Lee posing with her sister, Mildred Whitfield, at her book signing at the McCall Center in El Paso,...