When he first arrived in 1881, Kern saw great potential in El Paso. He opened a successful jewelry business and purchased a vast piece of land in what was then the outskirts of the city. It wasn’t until 1914, after returning from a long intermission in Alaska, that Kern began designing the distinctive neighborhood with the help of New York engineer W.I. Rider.
Believed to be the city’s first suburb community, Kern Place is recognized today for its manicured lawns, uniquely designed homes, flourishing parks and a thriving entertainment district.
We’ll start our walking tour at the neighborhood’s most popular spot – The Cincinnati Avenue Entertainment District, located at the intersection of Mesa Street and Cincinnati Avenue.