Historical Records Preserved
El Paso — Some important history has been preserved in El Paso County. The county clerk's office has wrapped up work on phase one of a major project to better preserve historical documents like birth, marriage, and death records. The documents date back as far as 1866. Many papers were torn and tattered and were at risk of being lost forever.
"They have now been preserved. They're fire proof, bugs can not get to them, mold has been removed, they're sealed where no one can get to them, air can't get to them, so they'll out live us," explains County Clerk Delia Briones. "I just think it's who we are. It's what we've become and where we're going."
The clerk's office now hopes to digitize all of the records to further protect them.