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The remains of the main building following the fire, 1917
UTEP Library Special Collections

On October 29, 1916, a devastating fire broke out during the predawn hours at the School of Mines (now UTEP), then located adjacent to Ft. Bliss. This event, combined with the March 1916 raid by Pancho Villa on Columbus, New Mexico, created a series of connections that resulted in the relocation of the School from beyond the Lanoria Mesa to its current site on the western foothills of the Franklin Mountains.

To learn more about UTEP's past, visit our History portal.

Read other stories about UTEP and the Centennial Celebration at the Transformations blog.


From the UTEP archives

Check out this article from the National Geographic Magazine (April 1914) to see the inspiration for UTEP's classic architecture.

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On this day in UTEP history . . .

July 23, 2008UTEP begins offering a 15-month “fast-track” nursing program to address a critical shortage of nurses throughout Texas.

A nursing student practices taking blood, 2008

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About UTEP


Chartered: April 16, 1913, by an Act of the Texas State Legislature as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy
First Day of Class: September 28, 1914
President: Diana Natalicio (since 1987) • Faculty: 1,267 • Staff: 1,830
Students: 23,003 (19,696 undergraduate; 3,307 graduate) • Gender: 12,395 female, 10,607 male
Status: 14,241 full time , 8,762 part time • Campus: 421 acres (El Paso campus); 38,000 acres (Indio Mountains Research Station)
Degrees awarded since founding: More than 107,000
Nickname: Miners
Enrollment data over the years: Click here

Source: UTEP Facts 2013 - 2014; C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University of Texas at El Paso; Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

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UTEP's homepage <> Centennial Celebration homepage <> Transformations blog

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