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The Rio Grande Rectification Project

 
 
The Rio Grande Rectification Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. The Rio Grande Rectification Project Marker
Inscription. Ahead is the Rio Grande. This great river formed the valley in the vista before you. Its meandering course was established as the boundary between the United States and Mexico by treaty in 1848.

The straight channel in the foreground is a portion of a unique international project. Here two nations joined hands in 1933 to peacefully rectify and stabilize their common boundary, and to relieve flood dangers in both countries. The channel was straightened by cutting across the old meanders to reduce the river's torturous course from 155 to 86 miles, without loss of area to either country.

This joint project was constructed and is maintained by the International Boundary and Water Commission and was conceived and engineered by commissioners L. M. Lawson, for the United States, and Gustavo P. Serrano, for Mexico
 
Erected 1962 by The State National Bank.
 
Location. 31° 46.958′ N, 106° 28.781′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Scenic Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Paso Lower Valley Missions/ Cordova Island/ The City and County of El Paso
Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Mount Franklin Scenic Overlook
The Rio Grande Rectification Project Marker is the second marker on the right.
(here, next to this marker); El Paso International Airport / The Butterfield Trail / Refinery Area (here, next to this marker); The Rainmakers of 1891 (a few steps from this marker); The Franklin Mountains (a few steps from this marker); Scenic Drive (a few steps from this marker); The Rio Grande Irrigation Project (a few steps from this marker); William Beaumont General Hospital /Biggs Air Force Base / Fort Bliss (a few steps from this marker); The Chamizal Settlement (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
 
Also see . . .  The Rio Grande Rectification Project. (Submitted on November 18, 2010.)
 
Additional keywords. International Boundaries
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Wide view of The Rio Grande Rectification Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 19, 2013
3. Wide view of The Rio Grande Rectification Project Marker
The Rio Grande Rectification Project image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 19, 2013
4. The Rio Grande Rectification Project
The Rio Grande winds between El Paso (left) and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico (right) in a concrete channel to minimize future flooding.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on September 2, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 24, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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