April 17, 1913
El Pasoans Take Steps to Secure Buildings for the State-Governor Signs the Bill.
A campaign to raise the necessary funds to purchase the grounds and buildings of the El Paso Military Institute will be started soon. This school must be bought and presented to the state in order to obtain the school of mines, created by the bill which became a law Wednesday afternoon by the act of the governor in signing it.
The grounds and buildings can be obtained for $50,000, the trustees of the school say. This amount includes the purchase of the 12 acres of ground on the mesa adjoining Fort Bliss and the buildings and warehouses, which are a part of the old military school which will be closed at the end of the present term.
The school of mines will mean an expenditure of $75,000 each year, the business men say, and the purchase of the institute property for the school will be a good investment for the city, as the state provides for its endowment and the students and faculty will spend a large sum here each year.
The chamber of commerce is to be asked to consider the plan for getting the home for the new school, the money for the first payment on the property to be raised at once and other payments extend over a number of years.