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254 Boundary MonumentAfter 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.

Boundary Monument #251

Boundary Monument #251

The last boundary monument along the San Diego-Tijuana line sits atop a steep craggy mountain. No fence or wall exists. The monument, like most others, is made of iron. The Mexican IBWC is responsible for the upkeep of this monument, however, it looks as though workers are either unable or unwilling to make the trek. […]

Boundary Monument 252

Boundary Monument #252

Boundary monument #252 stands along the U.S.-Mexico boundary line right after you drive past the many maquiladoras. Interestingly, most maquilas jut right up against the border and photographer Maria Teresa Fernandez and I needed to drive alongside many belching trucks until we found this little gem — surrounded by piles of sandy dirt. Unlike the iron monuments of #257, […]

254 Boundary Monument

Boundary Monuments #253 and #254

I’m writing about boundary monuments again and this time I’m focusing on #253 and #254. They are both made of iron, the material used for the largest number of boundary markers. They both stand in front of military landing mat. Off to one side of both markers is a door, which is bolted and locked on […]

Friendship Park

Friendship Park and Boundary Monument 258

Inside Border Field State Park you can find the center of the immigration issue. On the American side, each Saturday and Sunday Friendship Park is open to the public from 10am to 2pm. A gated area heavily monitored by Border Patrol, Friendship Park has a binational garden and thick mesh beyond which you can see Boundary Monument […]

Boundary Monument 255 Mexico

Boundary Monument #255

Our joint heritage with Mexico begins and ends with the historic landmarks known as boundary monuments. Between Imperial Beach and Otay Mesa, seven boundary monuments stretch along the border. I will be talking about all of them as time goes on, but certainly #255 is the most prominent, located at the San Ysidro border. A Brief […]

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