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Old 09-18-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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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.
Cathedral freshmen were still doing it in 1977; I think it stopped that year, though.

Irvin used to have an I on the east side of South Franklin Mountain above the intersection of Hondo Pass and Galena, but I think that was allowed to fade away long ago. As far as I know, Andress never had an A or Parkland a P on the mountain, and both schools opened at about the same time as Coronado (Andress in 1961 and Parkland in 1962). If memory serves, they would have had to go up real high on North Franklin Mountain's east side to the nearest suitable slope, trespass on Army land and brave all the unexploded ordnance on Castner Range and rattlesnakes, too, in order to build letters.

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Old 09-18-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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[The Cathedral C] 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.
(nods) It was just below the KDBC-TV transmitting tower on Apache Peak and was accessible by the dirt road leading up to the tower on the west side of that mountain, that branched off another dirt road going north through the canyon east of Crazy Cat Mountain from Robinson Avenue near its intersection with Scenic Drive (Crazy Cat Canyon, I believe it's called). I've been at Coronado and that C is much too far away.

I vaguely remember the M and don't remember the E at all.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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...by the dirt road leading up to the tower on the west side of that mountain, that branched off another dirt road going north through the canyon east of Crazy Cat Mountain from Robinson Avenue near its intersection with Scenic Drive (Crazy Cat Canyon, I believe it's called).
The road that gave access to both the E and C does not intersect with the other one, the one that intersects with Robinson Blvd where it curves onto Scenic Drive. It intersects Scenic Drive at a point right about where Rim Road joins Scenic Drive (and directly below the old E location). It has long been paved and at one time did not have a locked gate across it. I think they began locking the gate when hang gliding became all the rage and people were accessing it to use for a launch site.

As memory serves, the reason for banning the letters on the mountain was the proliferation of schools being built post WWII era that were turning the mountain into a potential Guinness record graffiti site!

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Old 09-19-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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Although I am somewhat late to this thread, I agree with the posters that the "C" is for Cathedral as it was there before Coronado.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:56 PM
 
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The road that gave access to both the E and C does not intersect with the other one, the one that intersects with Robinson Blvd where it curves onto Scenic Drive. It intersects Scenic Drive at a point right about where Rim Road joins Scenic Drive (and directly below the old E location). It has long been paved and at one time did not have a locked gate across it. I think they began locking the gate when hang gliding became all the rage and people were accessing it to use for a launch site.

I've been up there several times. I don't know about the E, but you could get to the Cathedral C by the road going north off Robinson right at the intersection of Kingery Drive, then turning right at a fork in the road about a quarter of a mile up and going up the mountain to about a mile before the KDBC-TV transmitting tower. Those roads may be paved now, but they were dirt in my time (about 30 years ago), and there was no gate on the road where it ran into Robinson back then.

I'm an Andress grad and I never heard of any serious discussion ever taking place at any time in the school's history about building a letter on the mountain there, or any such discussion at Parkland. I named the practical obstacles to that, and yes, that would have been too many letters anyway, I would think.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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Default Bumping this thread back up...

I'm adding to this year-old thread because there was a good article in the El Paso Times this weekend about the origins of the letters on the mountains:

How the letters got on the mountains

Adding to the newspaper account from my own recollections:

I was in the 1953 graduating class at EP High in the days when
it was still traditional to maintain the letters on the mountain, which
at that time included the A, B, C, and E for Austin, Bowie,
Cathedral and El Paso high schools, respectively. Plus the
College of Mines letter "M" for "The Miners."

The letters E and A were made visible on the night of the annual
football game between the two schools by outlining them with
burning smudge pots. More than once the "E" was found to be a
white smear after pranksters from Austin rolled the loose rocks
on which it was painted down the mountainside during the night.
The "A" was painted on more solid rock and could not be similarly besmeared.
Retaliation was therefore in the form an "E" burned into the grass
at the center of the field at Austin High School's stadium prior to
the annual game being played there.

Since the practice of adding letters to the mountain was curtailed
as newer high schools were built around the area, only the Irving High School "I"
and the Austin "A" look as if they're still being whitewashed, with well-defined trails
leading up to each letter.

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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I might add that for the most part, the Franklin Mountains are located in the El Paso Independent School District for the exception of Cathedral Hign School which is a private institute was allowed to place their school letter there.
On the mountains western edge the last high school to place their letter there was Burgess High School, it was the giant letter
B with a horse shoe. The Ysleta School District did not participate in the tagging of the mountain while yet Ysleta High School is one of El Paso's oldest institutes;in fact Ysleta was not even part of the city of El Paso till some time during or after 1956.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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On the mountains western edge the last high school to place their letter there was Burgess High School, it was the giant letter B with a horse shoe.
Looking at aerial views as now seen on mapping web sites like GOOGLE MAPS, the remnants of the E and J (Jefferson) are still visible. While the A and I are still very freshly white looking. There is nothing left of the original M for the College of Mines "Miners" (UTEP). I thought the Miners retained the right to retain their letter after all the high schools were banned, but I must not have that right?

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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only the Irving High School "I" and the Austin "A" look as if they're still being whitewashed.

Where is this "Irving" High School you speak of?
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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Looking at aerial views as now seen on mapping web sites like GOOGLE MAPS, the remnants of the E and J (Jefferson) are still visible. While the A and I are still very freshly white looking. There is nothing left of the original M for the College of Mines "Miners" (UTEP). I thought the Miners retained the right to retain their letter after all the high schools were banned, but I must not have that right?

The only M for the college of Mines or for Miners I thought would be on the UTEP campus itself; just North
of the Sun Bowl stadium.
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