El Paso County Historical Society's Burges House
The historic home of El Paso attorney Richard F. Burges, the Burges House now serves as the headquarters and library of the El Paso County Historical Society. The Burges House is an El Paso Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1993.
Backstory and Context
The Burges House in the Sunset Heights Historic District was built for Richard Fenner Burges by contractor J. E. Morgan. Burges was city attorney in 1908 and wrote the city charter. He became a member of the Texas House of Representative in 1913. He was instrumental in the development of Carlsbad Caverns and the building of the Elephant Butte Dam.