New Coloring Book Tells the Story of Paydirt Pete

By on February 5, 2014


How Paydirt Pete Became a Miner

Last week, at the UTEP/Junior League joint birthday party, little Miner Fans were introduced to a new Centennial publication designed especially for them. “How Paydirt Pete Became a Miner” tells the story of “Little Pete” who liked digging and came to UTEP to become the school’s beloved mascot. The book is designed for kids ages 2-6 and contains coloring pages, a maze, a word search, and a little diploma. The back cover contains a cutout Bhutanese tower and Paydirt Pete mustache. The book is available free of charge to little Miners who visit the Centennial Museum and Welcome Center.

The book is a makeover of a previous coloring book produced some time in the 1990s, with artwork done by graphic artists Bobby Daniels, Joyn Downey, Paul Huereque, and Phil Flores. Updates were envisioned by Maribel Villalva and Keith Erekson and implemented by Bobby Daniels. This book was produced with the support of the Junior League of El Paso, Inc., in honor of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration and the League’s 80th Anniversary.

Keith A. Erekson served as the Executive Director of UTEP's Centennial Celebration from December 2011 through May 2014. Learn more at