Imagine your school bus not running on gasoline, but being pulled across the city by a mule.
That was the job of Many the Mule, one of the most popular mules that pulled streetcars around El Paso and into Juárez, Mexico, nearly 140 years ago.
Mules – the offspring of a donkey and a horse – in the 1880s were used to pull the streetcars, which were like public buses that took people around town.
When electric streetcars came to El Paso in 1902, Mandy and about five other mules retired. Mandy’s work was honored during a ceremony welcoming the electric streetcars to El Paso, riding on a flat parade car.
A restored car and a bronze replica of Mandy were once displayed at Cleveland Square Park in Downtown were the El Paso History Museum and El Paso Public Library now stand. Her image is now embedded into a fence surrounding the museum.