Photos start near the smelter and proceed eastward towards downtown El Paso
(high resolution 179k) This view looks southeast towards the Asarco copper smelter, which has been inactive since 1999. The Rio Grande is deceptively wide at this point. A little downstream, it becomes much narrower. The right side of the river bank is United States territory. Mexico begins just a little to the south. Photo taken 31-May-2001.
(high resolution 388k) Just south of the smelter, the opposite side of the Rio Grande is Juarez, Mexico. Drivers on Paisano get good views of the shantytowns along the river. The Rio Grande is very narrow here. Photo taken 31-May-2001.
(high resolution 320k) Another view of the Rio Grande and Juarez, Mexico. Photo taken 31-May-2001.
(high resolution 119k) Driver's view on Paisano, going towards downtown El Paso. Mexico is on the right. Photo taken 31-May-2001.
(high resolution 141k) Looking inbound on Paisano. The structures in the background are part of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). An overhead sign for Interstate 10 can also be seen. Photo taken 31-May-2001.