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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.

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From the UTEP archives

What did you need to know as a student to earn your degree in mining engineering? Take a look at the catalog for the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy from 1920-21.

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On this day in UTEP history . . .

April 18, 1925 • The practice mine, first opened in February 1920, closes down due to budgetary concerns. Had the mine remained in operation through 2014, it would have extended over one-half mile into the Franklin Mountains. • 1927 • Walter Splawn, president of the University of Texas, resigns in the midst of the College of Mines’ transformation into a general college. Splawn, who returned to teaching economics, complains that the turnover rate of members of the Board of Regents is too high, preventing effective administration. • 1928 • The Texas attorney general declares the College of Mines is not a branch of the University of Texas in a traditional sense, as it was not established by a vote of the people. This arcane legal decision allows TCM to access the general fund and not the University Permanent Fund for the construction of new buildings.

Entrance to the practice mine, c. 2010
University Communications

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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
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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