Born about 1920, Ernest Hoppock was a native of New Jersey and lived in El Paso TX. He worked in The Popular Dry Goods business from 1959 to 1962 and then worked in the Burn’s detective agency from 1962 to his retirement.
The collection consists chiefly of photographs of various types of locomotives and freight cars from several different railroads. In addition, there are a wide variety photographs of circuses and carnivals, including shots of circus animals, and vehicles for hauling animals and equipment.
There are also photographs of animals and exhibits taken at the El Paso Zoo. Other items in the collection include an assortment of railroad-related publications, including train schedules and railway guides. The collection also contains several issues of the Santa Fe Magazine.