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Anthony, Texas
—  Town  —
Nickname(s): Leap Year Capital of the World
Motto: Gateway to Texas
Location of Anthony within Texas
Location of Anthony within El Paso County, Texas
Coordinates: 31°59′41″N 106°35′51″W / 31.99472°N 106.5975°W / 31.99472; -106.5975
Country United States
State Texas
County El Paso
Incorporated July 05, 1952
Government Municipality
 - Type Mayor/Aldermen
 - Mayor Arturo Franco
 - Total 6.5 sq mi (16.9 km2)
 - Land 6.5 sq mi (16.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 3,806 ft (1,160 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,850
 - Density 592.5/sq mi (228.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 79821
Area code(s) 915
FIPS code 48-03432[1]
GNIS feature ID 1372307[2]

Anthony is an incorporated town in El Paso County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,850 at the 2000 census.



Anthony is located at 31°59′41″N 106°35′51″W / 31.99472°N 106.5975°W / 31.99472; -106.5975 (31.994626, -106.597612)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²), of which, 6.5 square miles (16.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.

Anthony, New Mexico in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, borders Anthony, Texas, to the north. They are often considered twin cities, though Anthony New Mexico is a Census-designated place and not incorporated.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,850 people, 684 households, and 577 families residing in the town. The population density was 592.5 people per square mile (228.7/km²). There were 722 housing units at an average density of 111.1/sq mi (42.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 7.79% White, 3.87% African American, 1.32% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 82.78% of the population.

There were 684 households out of which 50.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.5% were non-families. 14.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.47 and the average family size was 3.84.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 41.9% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 212.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 261.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,295, and the median income for a family was $28,295. Males had a median income of $21,667 versus $17,273 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,568. About 22.7% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under age 18 and 29.6% of those age 65 or over.

Town Government

The Town of Anthony was incorporated on July 5, 1952. The town uses a Mayor/Aldermen system. Currently there are five Aldermen representing the Townspeople. The mayor and aldermen are elected positions held for alternating two-year terms.

The Anthony Town Hall is located at 401 Wildcat across from the Anthony Independent School District Complex. This multi-use facility houses the following Government Department Offices[4]:

The Anthony Town Hall additionally houses the Anthony Municipal Court Room. This courtroom hosts the Anthony Town Hall Meetings, voting, police meetings, and other events.

The Anthony Water Treatment Plant is located at the southern end of Omar Street and provides drinking water and sewage treatment for the Town of Anthony. The majority of Anthony's drinking water comes from wells located near the Rio Grande River.

The Anthony Street/Parks Work Yard is located on 1300 Antonio Street and houses the Department's machinery, vehicles, and other equipment.


Anthony has approximately 23 acres of developed parks along with approximately 45 acres of undeveloped park land.

The Town of Anthony secured a large Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant (approx: $780,000) in early 2007 to increase the size of Henry Miramontes Park.[5]

Projected improvements include an additional baseball field, parking area, jogging paths, nature walks, a skate park, and much more. A large section of bare desert land on the north side of Antonio Street near the 1400-1600 block is designated to become a soccer field complex with at least 4 fields and home to the Anthony Desert Rats soccer team. The team has yet to be formed and organized. An artist's rendition can be seen posted on the town's web site [1].

The park land is currently divided into three parks. All parks are closed from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Ernesto Rascon Memorial Baseball Park

Named after Anthony Police Department's only officer killed in the line of duty.

Located on the east side of Richard White Street north of Franklin Street and South of State Line Road.

Consists of two fenced regulation baseball fields with bleachers and a small building used for maintenance and concessions.

It is the baseball field used by the Anthony High School Baseball Team during the official baseball season.

Henry Miramontes Park

Named after a resident who was killed during the Vietnam War.

Located on the west side of Richard White Street north of Franklin Street and south of State Line Road.

Most of the park is open and grassy with a few shade trees and benches. The northeast section is fenced in with a dirt road which can be used during open hours to drive in and park. Inside the fenced area is grassy with a few large shade covered slabs of concrete, a large open air basketball court, and a small public restroom building.

Citizens can use the slabs to set up tables and grills for large parties (by permit only when purchased at the Town Hall). The fenced in section of the park is often rented by citizens and organizations to host large events such as car shows, birthday parties, family reunions, and company outings.

In the middle of the park is a small stone monument with a metal plaque dedicated to the memory of Henry Miramontes.

Anthony Municipal Park

Located on a triangle shaped island created by Antonio Street, Franklin Street, and 11th Street. It is sometimes called triangle park by local residents.

This grass covered park has several shade trees, covered picnic tables, and various sets of playground equipment. During the winter months the tress are decorated with lights.

At the east end of the park where Antonio Street and Franklin Street intersect there is a flag pole beside a large metal sign which reads Welcome to Anthony in red letters facing to the east towards ((I-10)).

River Walk

Within the municipal boundaries of the town along the Rio Grande River on the eastern side is a paved pathway with occasional benches and bridges for public use by bicyclists, joggers, walkers, fishers, bird watchers, runners, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

The path lies in the flood plain between the river and levee. The path can be accessed under the Vinton, Texas bridge and ends at the New Mexico/Texas state line.

The flood plain, levee, and river are the owned and administered by the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC).[6]

The path is closed to all forms of motorized travel, including ATVs.

The levee is not part of the public use portion of the path and persons found on the levee can be charged with criminal trespassing.

Fishing is allowed from the bank with a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued fishing license.

The use of firearms is prohibited by Anthony municipal code, so hunting is not permitted.

Leap Year Capital of the World and Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club

Every leap year Anthony, Texas and Anthony, New Mexico celebrate with an officially sponsored leap year birthday parade and festival.[7]

Leap Year Capital of the World

In 1988 local resident Mary Ann Brown, a member of the Anthony Chamber of Commerce and born on leap year day, February 29, proposed that the Anthony Chamber of Commerce host a festival centered on leap day.

In February 1988 based on this celebration and because no other place in the world regularly sponsors such an event, the town’s Chamber of Commerce voted to sponsor Ms Brown’s idea of the festival and subsequently declared Anthony Texas and New Mexico to be the Leap Year Capital of the World.

Then New Mexico Governor Garrey Carruthers and Texas Governor Bill Clements joined in the special proclamation.

United States Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico entered into the Congressional Record of the United States a request that Congress and the President join in the proclamation. Senator Domenic read it into the Congressional Record Vol. 134, No. 146, Friday, October 14, 1988, of the 100th Congress

In January 1996 the Anthony, New Mexico Post Office was designated "Leap Year Station" and granted a commemorative postal cancellation.

The festival and parade is chaired by the mayor of Anthony, Texas.[8]

Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club

Membership for the leap year birthday club has grown from zero in 1988 to nearly 300 in 1996 and more than 400 members in 2003. Members include individuals from as far away from Anthony as Europe and have traveled to Anthony to celebrate.

Dues are only $20 every four years for a membership certificate and a t-shirt. Requests for an application can be sent to:
Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club
P O Box 1086
New Mexico-Texas, USA 88021[9]


The Anthony Independent School District (AISD) serves Anthony.

AISD consists of three campuses (Anthony Elementary, Anthony Middle, and Anthony High) and a district central office, all connected and surrounded by a single fence line. Each campus is within walking distance of the others and the central office is located between the elementary and middle schools.[10]

Post Office

Anthony, NM, Post Office: 1190 Anthony Drive, Anthony, New Mexico 88021 (575) 882-5259‎ (closest post office)

Canutillo, TX, Post Office: 7050 Doniphan Dr, Canutillo, TX‎ 79835 (915) 877-5455‎


Major Roadways

  • Interstate 10 runs north/south through the municipal jurisdiction of Anthony and is the major route to and from the town.
  • Texas State Highway 20 runs parallel with I-10
    TX 20 along the La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution and south of it is designated Doniphan Street
    TX 20 north of La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution is designated Main Street
    Main Street north of
    Washington Street is designated North Main
    Main Street south of Washington Street is designated South Main
  • North and South Desert Boulevards
    Considered frontage roads to I-10
    Run parallel alongside I-10 on each side
    One Way roadways
  • FM 1905 Begins at I-10 and runs west into New Mexico
    FM 1905 is designated as from east to west: I-10 to Antonio Street to Franklin Street to South Main (TX 20) to East Washington
  • Texas State Highway Spur 6 (Designated as Wildcat Drive, renamed from Oak Street)
    Connects Antonio Street near the I-10 East on/off ramp to TX 20
  • Washington Street
    Washington Street East of Main Street is designated East Washington
    Washington Street West of Main Street is designated West Washington

Public Transportation

  • El Paso County Rural Transit
    Route 10 Schedule Info: (915) 532-3474 Route 10 PDF

Emergency Services

  • West Valley Volunteer Fire Department
    El Paso County Emergency Services District #2
    WVFD Web Site
  • West Valley Volunteer Fire Department (First Responder Basic EMTs, no ambulance transport)
  • Life Ambulance Service, INC. (Private EMS ambulance company on contract with El Paso County
    Life Ambulance Web Site

Texas Travel Center

Anthony Texas is the home for one of Texas's 12 Travel and Information Centers providing the following services for travelers entering Texas from New Mexico:

  • Overnight Parking
  • Covered Picnic Areas
  • Texas Travel/Information (free maps, brochures, and literature)
  • 24-hour Restrooms
  • Vending Machines
  • On-site Security
  • RVs/Big Rigs welcome (no hook-ups)

La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution

The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Anthony, Texas, is a low security facility housing male inmates. An adjacent minimum security satellite prison camp houses male inmates. A separate low security facility is associated with the FCI and houses male inmates.

La Tuna inmates helped build some of the Anthony Municipal Parks and regularly assist in the day to day maintenance of the Anthony Town Government Facility. La Tuna inmates assist Streets/Parks Department workers in a laborer capacity.

El Paso Gun Club

The El Paso Gun Club shooting range is located in the northeast corner of the municipal limits of Anthony. An unpaved road at the end of North Desert Blvd allows access to the gated enterance.

Range Features

  • Outdoor pistol range (100m) with silhouettes with covered fireing line and bench rests
  • Outdoor rifle range (200m) with silhouettes with covered fireing line and bench rests
  • Outdoor shotgun range
  • Indoor pistol range (closed for renovations)

Membership to the club is required for range use.[11]


Anthony Municipal Code has established a curfew for anyone under the age of 17 between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or family member over the age of 17.

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Retrieved on 2009.05.12
  5. ^ Town of Anthony web site Retrieved on 2009-05-09
  6. ^ USIBWC Retrieved on 2009.05.12
  7. ^ Retrieved on 02 JUNE 2009
  8. ^ Retrieved on 2008-06-02
  9. ^ Retrieved on 2008-06-02
  10. ^ Retrieved on 2009-06-02
  11. ^ El Paso Gun Club yahoo group. Retrieved on 2009.05.09

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