223 S. OREGON STREET- EL PASO TIMES/LABOR TEMPLE BUILDING
223. S. Oregon Street
223. S. Oregon Street was the original site of the El Paso Times newspaper company from 1890 to 1919. Throughout the 1920’s it was home to the Labor Advocate newspaper, and at the beginning of the 1930’s it was replaced with the El Continental newspaper. While the El Paso Times was headquartered at 223 S. Oregon, Juan S. Hart directed the paper from 1884-1900. Hart upheld many pro-Villista standpoints that frequently appeared in the Spanish section of the newspaper, eventually leading to him being banned from Mexico by Porfirio Diaz. He was known as a “fearless writer, and an honest, incorruptible newspaperman” (Texas Press Association Par. 1), played a major role in El Paso obtaining railroads services during the latter end of the 19th-century, and served as a U.S. Army Officer in the Spanish American War in Cuba. Juan Hart retired from the newspaper business in 1900 and traveled throughout the United States Southwest working as a mining engineer. The El Paso Times under the direction of Juan Hart at 223 S. Oregon Street ultimately gave many revolutionaries a platform to voice their anti-Diaz/pro-Villista opinions.