Hotel El Capitan

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The Story
Hotel El Capitan was built by the Gateway Hotel Chain, led by El Pasoan Charles Bassett, and opened in 1930 in Van Horn, Texas, on the Bankhead Highway.

The hotel, designed by famed architect Henry Charles Trost and constructed by McKee Construction Company, is essentially an identical floor plan of its sister hotel, The Hotel Paisano, in Marfa. In addition to both of those hotels, Gateway Hotels also built grand hotels in Lordsburg, New Mexico, Carlsbad, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

Charles Bassett’s goal was to encourage tourism within 200 miles of El Paso, Texas, and the area was now home to new national parks: Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe, and Big Bend National Parks. Van Horn’s location on the Bankhead Highway, the first transcontinental national highway, put Hotel El Capitan in the crosshairs of prosperity until Interstate 10 was built in the 1970s, and the Interstate bypassed the Interstate town.

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Unframed - 8x10" Fine Art Print:

8"x10” Borderless Smooth Matte Fine Art Print Mounted on 3mm Black Styrene, Ready to Frame or Display.

Classic Black Frame - 11x14" Frame:

8"x10" Borderless Smooth Matte Fine Art Print Mounted and Matted with a White Double Mat Inside a Black 11"x14" Frame (1 1⁄4" Wide, 3⁄4" Deep) Protected by Acrylic and Hangs via Corner Brackets.

Contemporary White Frame - 11x14" Frame:

11"x14" Borderless Smooth Matte Fine Art Print Mounted Inside a White 11"x14" Frame (1 1⁄4" Wide, 3⁄4" Deep) Protected by Acrylic and Hangs via Corner Brackets.

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Lead times are how long it typically takes for your order to be made or prepared before it ships:

Unframed Prints, 3-5 Business Days.

Framed Prints & Wall Art, 2-4 Weeks.

Postcards, 2 Business Days.


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Postcards ship via FedEx 2-Day.

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Photographs For Every Room

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Custom Orders

Get It Your Way

Choose from a wide variety of frame choices, print sizes, and formats that are available through custom orders. Take a picture of your wall, and we can show you almost exactly how your custom order will look on your wall.

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Pricing also has everything you need to enjoy your art from the moment you unpack it. Most items are ready to frame or hang with included hardware.

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