History Channel Steps Into El Paso’s Pancho Villa Stash House
Tune in El Paso, the much-anticipated episode featuring Pancho Villa's Stash House, will premiere on the History Channel on Tuesday, March 1.
El Paso is a treasure trove of historical landmarks, including one of Pancho Villa's stash houses which dates back to the early 20th century.
Last summer Prometheus Entertainment came into town to film an episode for Beyond Oak Island part of season 2, called "Pancho Villa's Plunder," featuring hosts Marty Lagina, Matty Blake, and treasure hunter Gypsy Jewels.
For an entire week in June, the crew filmed at the Pancho Villa Stash House speaking with the U.S. Pancho Villa Foundation Historian and Publicist Cindy Medina, local historian Jackson Polk and the current owner of the home.
The home, occupied by George Benton back in 1915, allowed Pancho Villa and his brother Hipolito to stash ammunition, jewels, gold, and thousands in cash worth over $3 million today.
But as history tells us, a few short months later, based on a tip, federal agents confiscated the stash, which was the precursor to the attack to Columbus, New Mexico, on March 9, 1916.
Speaking with Cindy Medina, the U.S. Representative of the Pancho Villa Foundation, she not only shared her excitement over the episode but also explained the detailed research that went into getting vetted, saying,
We had to provide the production company with tons of information before they decided to journey out to El Paso. We had to prove that the stash house was worthy of being filmed for a #1 show on the History Channel. Then one day, the production company called sharing the good news that they were interested and would be coming into El Paso within three days to begin filming - it all happend so fast.
Medina is proud to represent the Villa family and, in 2020, had the opportunity to host the descendants of the Mexican revolutionary including Edgar Montes Villa, the great-grandson (pictured left), and Francisco Villa Campa, the youngest living grandson of Pancho Villa (pictured right) during the first-ever binational event at the stash house.
Medina says that the stars of Beyond Oak Island embraced the spirit and the history of the home, which is part of the Mexican Revolution Binational History on both sides of the border.
The home, one of many stash houses that Pancho Villa had scattered across El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, was ideal because the tunnels provided a way to hide and move cargo and loot without attracting attention.
To this day, the stash house remains of great interest to historians and treasure hunters because some say the home still holds many secrets and perhaps uncovered treasures.
So, what did the crew of Beyond Oak Island find? Do Pancho Villa and his men haunt the home? Are there more undiscovered treasures that remain unearthed?
We'll have to tune in this Tuesday to see what Lagina, Blake, and the rest of the team discovered at the site of Pancho Villa's Stash House in downtown El Paso off Leon Street.
The episode also includes interviews with panel experts filmed offsite, including Dr. David Romo, Max Grossman, Bernie Sargent, and Author Harry Von Feilitzch.
Leo Lighting Grip and Camera rental also represent El Paso behind the lens as they helped film the episode alongside Prometheus Entertainment: while CSTi, a full-service surveying company in El Paso and Las Cruces, provided the professional GPR equipment needed for the dig.
Even though Pancho Villa's Stash house has never been actively open to the public, we'll finally get a peek inside one of the most fascinating and infamous homes in El Paso, thanks to the diligent efforts by Cindy Medina and the History Channel.
And as usual, El Paso left a mark on our visitors, including co-host Matty Blake who recently sent a heartfelt message to our community sharing his love for our city and its history via Cindy Medina.
This Tuesday, don't miss out as the Sun City once again gets featured in the national spotlight as the team of Beyond Oak Island does a deep dive into Pancho Villa's Stash House.
How To Watch:
- Beyond Oak Island – Pancho Villa's Plunder
- Channel: History Channel (check your provider listing or via the History Channel App)
- Time: 8 p.m. (El Paso / MST Time)