Once a grand residential thoroughfare, El Paso’s historic Montana Avenue district evolves as commercial zone

When Elizabeth Pimentel was growing up on Montana Avenue in the late 1960’s, the street was filled with family homes and neighbors knew each other. “I remember taking care of the elderly people’s dog across the street,” Pimentel said. That house is now an acupuncture studio. The stately homes between the 1000 to 1500 blocks of Montana Avenue reflect eclectic and classic architectural styles from the late Victorian era through the 19th and early 20th centuries. They were mostly residential until about the 1990s when businesses began buying up the properties, Pimentel said.