Fabens, Texas

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Fabens is a census-designated place (CDP) in El Paso County, Texas, United States. The population was 8,043 at the 2000 census. It is part of the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fabens is the birthplace of jockey Bill Shoemaker.



Fabens is located at 31°30′18″N 106°9′15″W / 31.505°N 106.15417°W / 31.505; -106.15417 (31.505072, -106.154129)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), all of it land.

Fabens is about 30 miles Southeast of El Paso along the Rio Grande. At last count, about 8,000 people live there.

Fabens is located along Interstate Highway 10. Most visitors only stop for short periods of time to eat at one of the several restaurants or stay overnight in the hotel.


The name Fabens comes from an attorney named George Wilson Fabens who worked for the railroad. As the railroad was being built, new towns were named after railroad employees. Mr. Fabens was born on October 29, 1857 and died in 1939.

Film Location

In April 1972, Fabens served as a location for the filming of the Sam Peckinpah film “The Getaway”. The crime drama, starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw was replete with explosions, car chases and intense shootouts. The film would become Peckinpah's and McQueen's biggest financial success to date, earning more than $25 million at the box office.

2005 border incident

On February 17, 2005, Fabens was the location where a nearby border incident occurred that made national headlines, when border patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were convicted and sentenced to prison terms in excess of ten years for shooting Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, an illegal alien and drug smuggler who was unarmed when he was shot. Aldrete-Davila was then given immunity for his testimony and is now suing the border patrol for $5 million for violation of his civil rights.[4]

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