Pape-Dawson archaeologists recently provided cultural resources services for the proposed Veterans Transitional Living Center (VTLC) in El Paso, Texas. The project is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the Homeless Programs Grant and Per Diem Program, which provide financial assistance to states and community organizations that serve veterans experiencing homelessness.
The project is located in El Paso’s Magoffin Historic District, a historic neighborhood linked to the arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s. Located near downtown El Paso, Magoffin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its preservation of distinctive architecture and community planning and development. Pape-Dawson archaeologists conducted a terrestrial investigation with sub-surface testing to identify any potentially significant archaeological deposits within the District. The project area was once owned by Gus Momsen, who was president of the El Paso-based Momsen, Dunnegan & Ryan Company from 1913 until his death in 1942.
The services provided by Pape-Dawson helped the VA navigate both state and federal regulations, allowing for construction of the new VTLC to proceed.