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Smeltertown, Texas

Coordinates: 31°47′00″N 106°31′36″W / 31.78333°N 106.52667°W / 31.78333; -106.52667
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Topo map of Smeltertown, Texas, from 1955 1:24000 USGS topo map with 1975 updates. The small area labeled "La Guna" is now known as "La Calavera" or "Skull Canyon", for its location by the Smeltertown Cemetery.

Smeltertown was a residential community in El Paso County, Texas,[1] housing the workers of the ASARCO smelter and their families, between El Paso and the Texas borders with Mexico and New Mexico.

With only one small neighborhood, now known as the La Calavera Historical Neighborhood,[2] remaining since the Smelter's closure, Smeltertown is sometimes referred to as a ghost town.[3]

The Smeltertown community was served by the San Jose church, and by the Jones School of the El Paso Independent School District.

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  1. ^ "Smeltertown". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "Details for Smeltertown (Atlas Number 5141013137) Historical Marker". Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Smelter Town – a personal look at a ghost town firmly embedded in El Paso history". Borderzine. Retrieved December 29, 2019.

31°47′00″N 106°31′36″W / 31.78333°N 106.52667°W / 31.78333; -106.52667