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Ever since the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed between the United States and Mexicoin 1848, the border region has fascinated locals and foreigners alike. At certain points in its history, the border between San Diego and Tijuana hosted more than 100,000 tourists annually.

Boundary Monument 257

Boundary Monument #257

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 […]


What Are Those Arches You See From The Border? Reloj Monumental

At the end of Avenida Revolución in Tijuana an impressive “Reloj Monumental” stands prominently overlooking the border between the U.S. and Mexico. This millennium project was built for the year 2000. No matter when you go to visit (weekend or weekday, day or night) the arch creates a festive feel. The arch, with its clock, was supposed to be […]


The Virgin of Guadalupe: Tijuana Celebrates on December 12th

December 12th marks the celebration of Saint Guadalupe when millions of Catholics throughout the country go on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The day of the Virgen de Guadalupe has been a national holiday in Mexico since 1859. Tijuana, too, has its pilgrimage to the most prominent church of the […]

John Fanestil

Border Activists At Friendship Park: John Fanestil Provides Christian Services

Grass roots community activists are many at the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego-Tijuana. I’ve written about the Marcha Migrante, the Deported Veterans and the Maquiladoras Tour, among others. These individuals notice that the U.S. border with Mexico looks significantly different from the border with Canada. They also actively care for and minister to those affected by […]

Playas Binational Garden

Dan Watman’s Quest To Create A Garden Led To Civil Disobedience

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 […]

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