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Caption: 02/19/1961 BREAK GROUND - First earth for the biggest shopping center yet laid out for El Paso was turned by Mayor Raymond L. Telles Jr., and Hal Daugherty Saturday as construction of Charles N. Bassett Shopping Center begins. The 53-acre site between Montana Avenue and Trowbridge Drive will include branches of El Paso's largest department stores and at least 18 other businesses. When complete, the center will be the biggest enterprise of its kind between the Mississippi Valley and the West Coast. Dan Ponder, of Leavell an Ponder Inc., contractors for the huge project, is in background, holding papers, to left of mayor.
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