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From the Editors
By Gretchen Dickey and Kristi Smith
I will always treasure the experiences I have had these last two years working with Borderlands. To my co-editor Kristi -- you are fantastic!
As far back as I can remember, my grandmother shared El Paso's rich history with me, but it was through the hands-on experience of researching, writing and editing for Borderlands that I have truly come to appreciate the rich historical influence of El Paso's beginnings.
Research is a new passion of mine. I have learned the importance of documenting and preserving our history. As an editor, I encourage everyone to share stories and photos of their ancestors so that valuable facts and memorabilia will not be lost.
The purpose of Borderlands also is to collect, preserve and share history with you, our readers. This year's issue transports you to early El Paso where visionaries stepped off the trains and saw incredible potential and did something about it. I hope you'll jump on board with us and learn a little about old El Paso, as there have been many who have made this trip possible for you.
Thank you to the Northwest Library Staff I couldn't have done this without you. Thank you, Ms. Vise, for allowing me to be part of this wonderful publication. Your faith that I could succeed in this endeavor touches me deeply. Your encouragement and knowledge inspire me and you will always be a part of me.
I would like to thank my sisters Terri and Lisa for their help. I thank my very patient family Gary, Jeremiah, Riley, Zach and Hallett. I could not have taken on this responsibility without your love and support. I love you.
Gretchen Dickey, Co-Editor
When Ms. Vise asked me to be an editor for this year's Borderlands, I was a little unsure and perhaps even a little frightened. I am so thankful that I did not run from this incredible opportunity. I was born in El Paso and I have always considered this city my home. However, prior to working on Borderlands, I truly knew very little about the city's history. This job has taken me to places that I had never visited and did not realize existed in my hometown. My research has given me a newfound appreciation and love for our wonderful city and its people. Our history is rich and interesting!
Thanks to Ms. Vise for seeing in me that which I did not see I myself. This has been an extremely rewarding experience. I have enjoyed every minute of my time working g with Ms. Vise and my co-editor Gretchen Dickey. Thank you both for hours of laughter in the midst of hard work. I have come away from this job with a sense of accomplishment, but more important, I have two new wonderful friends.
I would like to thank the library staff of the EPCC Northwest Campus for all their help. You make our job much easier.
My love and gratitude go to my husband Basil for supporting me in all that I do and for always trying to make my load a little lighter. Zachariah, Jordan and Konnor my beautiful children thank you for giving me the time and space I needed to complete this task. Thanks also to Suzanne Flack, my mother, for providing me with child care.
Kristi Smith, Co-Editor