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Old 01-22-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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I don't remember the story on the M, or the B but I do remember that they where created well after the others... Or so my dad told me.
M = Miners, E = El Paso Tigers, A = Austin Panthers, B = Bowie Bears.

They were placed on the mountain in roughly that order. Once the number of high schools became greater, the decision was made to ban all lettering on the mountain EXCEPT for the M.

The M was placed there when the school was named College of Mines, later changed to Texas Western College, and finally UT El Paso.

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Old 01-22-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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Default Dang..

This is certainly a dredged thread!

Ironically, I don't think anything is as ugly as what is on the Juarez side. I seem to recall Bible verses on their side, or something like that. ??
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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The "C" on the mountain belongs to CATHEDRAL High School, not Coronado. In the late 60's Cathedral freshmen would go up the mountain and whitewash the letter. Then Lady Bird (LBj's wifey) started this Beautify America campaign and all the letters on the mountain began to fade away.

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Old 01-24-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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The "C" on the mountain belongs to CATHEDRAL High School, not Coronado.
That's correct. It could not even be seen from the Coronado area, although it was on the west side - barely. It was located just below a vertical cliff between the M and E.

None of the letters were present prior to the completion of Scenic Drive sometime in the early 1920s. Scenic drive made hauling white wash up the mountain more feasible than before it was there. The earliest letters were the M and E, followed by the A on the east side.

An aside: During or right after WWII a bomber crashed into the mountain very close to the A. There was an even earlier bomber crash into the mountainside within what is now McKelligon Canyon Park. And the last crash was into the mountain on the west side when a huge B-36 crashed in a snow storm just above the Mission Hills neighborhood. There were no survivors from any of the crashes.

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Old 01-24-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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OK, so the "C" is for Cathedral High. Also, the "E" is not a "B." It just looks like it now (perhaps more like an "8") because of some long-ago pranksters from Austin.

This must mean that the only real "B" on the mountain was for Burges (with the horseshoe underneath), but that letter no longer exists.

Therefore, there has never been a "B" for Bowie or "C" for Coronado, right?

Unless, of course, you choose to believe the author of THIS article, who also decided to add an extra "s" to Burges High:

Scenic Drive, Part II - El Paso Places & Faces | Examiner.com

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Old 01-24-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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Therefore, there has never been a "B" for Bowie or "C" for Coronado, right?
Wrong. The Bowie B was in the same general area and slightly east of the M.

Coronado was built after all further lettering on the mountain was banned. If Coronado put a letter on the mountain it would logically have been located above the school somewhere on the far west side toward Transmountain Rd.

As an aside: The reason the E suffered distortions, even during the years when it was being repainted, was because the white wash was applied to an area of loose rocks. It was great sport for the kids from Austin to "roll those rocks" down the mountain just before the big annual rivalry game. Another "fun sport" was sneaking onto the football field and spilling a fuel in the shape of an E or A on the opposing schools grass, then setting it afire.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:50 PM
 
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"Wrong. The Bowie B was in the same general area and slightly east of the M."


Thanks --that's good to know. Interesting how some letters survive to this day and others are completely gone. Now if someone had photos from fifty years ago, that would be really cool.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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Interesting how some letters survive to this day and others are completely gone. Now if someone had photos from fifty years ago, that would be really cool.
I suspect El Paso High students have repainted the E surreptitiously since it still is pretty bold, as is the A. And whereas it once had to be accessed from Scenic Drive - a really steep hike - it now is easily accessed from a paved road to whatever TV antenna lies just above it. And in satellite imagery I can still make out the J (for Jefferson).
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:03 AM
 
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The "C" is NOT Coronado, but Cathedral.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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The "C" is NOT Coronado, but Cathedral.
That is correct -- see earlier posts from Nix54 and others. Lots of people, myself included, erroneously assumed it was Coronado.
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