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El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Defining A Border

 
 
Defining A Border Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Defining A Border Marker
Inscription. If you were standing here prior to the Chamizal Treaty of 1963, you would have been on a Mexican "island" looking into the United States. Referred to as Cordova Island because it was completely surrounded by the United States, this parcel of land was given to the U.S. by Mexico in exchange for land to the west.

Cordova Island's original international boundary was defined using evenly spaced cement fence posts, and cast iron markers such as the one before you. This 600-pound marker was one of nineteen that identified the Mexico border around Cordova Island.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 31° 46.113′ N, 106° 27.359′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from South San Marcial Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Chamizal National Memorial, on the north side of the park along East Paisano Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 South San Marcial Street, El Paso TX 79905, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Tyng Mather (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chamizal National Memorial (about 700 feet away); Guardian Angel Church
Defining A Border Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. Defining A Border Marker
Close up of marker text.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Camp Concordia and Fort Bliss (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henry O. Flipper (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henry C. Trost (approx. 0.9 miles away); Urbici Soler (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
 
Additional keywords. International Borders
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
3. Photo Displayed on Marker
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz unveil a commemorative boundary marker at Chamizal in October 1967.

El Presidente de los Estados Unidos Lyndon B. Johnson y el Presidente de México Gustavo Díaz Ordaz descubren un monumento conmemorativo de límites territoriales en octubre de 1967.
Defining A Border Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
4. Defining A Border Marker
International Boundary Border Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
5. International Boundary Border Marker
View North
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By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
6. International Boundary Border Marker
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 818 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 16, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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