Ponce De Leon Land Grant
PONCE DE LEÓN LAND GRANT. The Ponce de León grant has been the subject of numerous lawsuits because most of downtown El Paso occupies it. Juan María Ponce de León petitioned for and received a grant of a tract of land on the north side of the Rio Grande in 1827. He was granted two caballerías that belonged to the city of El Paso del Norte, bounded on the south by the Rio Grande and valued at eighty pesos. Ponce de León improved and farmed the land and built a house that was washed away in the spring of 1830 by a flood.