Magoffin Homestead

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The historic Magoffin Home was originally built by El Paso mayor Joseph Magoffin in 1875. His family lived there until 1976, when the City of El Paso and the State of Texas bought it–and apparently also bought the ghosts that came with it. One ghost is believed to be Charles Richardson, Joseph Magoffin’s brother-in-law and best friend. Uncle Charlie rocks in the rocking chair that he died in long ago, and also opens and closes doors and tinkers with the lights. Also here are a ghostly lady in blue, thought to be Octavia Magoffin, as well as a little girl and a lady in a white Victorian-style dress. Cold breezes and taps on the shoulder have been reported by homestead visitors.

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1120 Magoffin Ave
El Paso, Texas
United States

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31.762582672724452, -106.47716009614669
El Paso County, Texas
Nearest Towns:
El Paso, TX (0.6 mi.)
Fort Bliss, TX (5.2 mi.)
Sunland Park, NM (6.5 mi.)
Santa Teresa, NM (11.5 mi.)
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Canutillo, TX (12.6 mi.)
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  1. We were there about 9 yrs. ago, we saw one of the twin beds inprinted by a little kids behind that sat on the side of it..Awsome, really!!! It made the trip fun!!!!,

  2. Whilst visiting and doing some paperwork for his architecture students, my Fiance once heard a woman’s voice distinctly singing an Italian Aria. The Magoffin director informed him later that it was not uncommon for society women, like Octavia, to learn such songs.

  3. I visited this place a couple of years ago. As we were walking outside late one night, we heard a voice say,”yo quiero chorizo,yo quiero chorizo.” I turned to look at my friend because I thought she wanted me to give her my chorizo (which I did later,but that’s another story). Anyway, we stopped walking and we heard it again,”yo quiero chorizo,yo quiero chorizo!” I followed the voice and it lead us to a brushy field. I then saw three illegals sitting around a campfire. One of them was passing around tacos,and another was telling him,”Yo quiero chorizo,yo quiero chorizo!” Man, that was sceery! lol!

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