The boundary monuments between San Diego and Tijuana are approximately 1 mile apart. They number from 258 to 252. They are open and free for the Mexican citizens to admire, but military landing mat hides the monuments from American citizens. Since 2008, a second wall approximately three-hundred feet away from the original military landing mat has further […]
After the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo established a 1,952 boundary line between the U.S. and Mexico, surveyors began to erect boundary monuments. You can still visit these boundary monuments, but only on the Mexican side. Although minutes of the International Boundary and Water Commission state that these monuments are to be clean and visible on both sides of the border as historic structures, the 1994 military landing mat keeps them hidden from U.S. eyes.
Friendship Park, located at the most southwesterly point of the U.S.-Mexico border, exists thanks to a small group of men and women who have come together over time to call themselves Friends of Friendship Park. From about 2006 to 2011 their civil disobedience forced Border Patrol to negotiate access to this binational space, which the federal government […]
A trip up to the World War II military bunkers at the U.S.-Mexico border can be a bit daunting. The best way to get there is to hike along unmapped trails of the Tijuana River Valley. Ask a ranger at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park for directions and then head toward Bunker Hill. You’ll […]
I have talked about Friendship Park and boundary monument #258 on the American side. However, the real way to see this monument is to go to Las Playas in Tijuana, Mexico. Due to construction by the federal government in 2011, the boundary monument now resides exclusively on the Mexican side. Across the street, the bull ring […]
Boundary monument #256 stands along a busy highway that least to Las Playas, Tijuana. You’ll find this monument behind a bushy tree and close to a steep canyon. The monument is made of iron, just like #257, #254, #253 and #251. The ubiquitous military landing mat stands behind the marker with the door bolted shut. […]