US/Mexico Boundary Marker 1 - Juarez, Chihuahua, MX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 31° 47.034 W 106° 31.754
13R E 355210 N 3517500
Quick Description: An International Boundary and Water Commission border monument that as of 2010 is INSIDE MEXICO -- see the long description for important information
Location: Chihuahua, Mexico
Date Posted: 2/22/2017 7:30:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMV4NB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 15

Long Description:
This border monument was placed in 1855 in accordance with the border located by the Emory-Salazar Commission, and later formally adopted by the International Boundary Commission, a bi-national agency now known as the International Boundary and Water Commission.

The monument was refaced and given a new base in 1966. In 1989 a new plaque was added by the International Boundary and Water Commission when the nearby flood control project was renovated, reaffirming the boundary.

See: (visit link)

A plaque on the "US side" of the monument reads as follows:

between United States and Mexico


IMPORTANT: This border monument is inside a little park near a flood control canal. The park looks like it is bi-national, but IT IS NOT. At the parking area on the US side, there is a line of boulders painted white and a sign along the line of the borders marking what USBP enforces as the US/MX border. That line is the official border as enforced by BOTH countries.

USBP said a pic of ourselves at this marker risked arrest by Mexican border police because the marker in INSIDE MEXICO.

Mexico Border Patrol are almost always at this little park. USBP pointed out 2 plain-clothes MX BP in the park & and 1 uniformed on a nearby hill, camouflaged & watching us w/ binoculars. They look for unsuspecting American incursions here.

If detained by MXBP, we would be jailed in Juarez until charged with illegal entry outside of an official port. A lawyer from the US Consulate would represent us in court, + we’d have a daily consular visit and a Red Cross package. Everyone caught always pleads guilty and pays a big fine before being formally deported back to the US at International Bridge 1 downtown. This process takes about 3-5 days. Per USBP, it happens a lot.

Use a zoom lens to get this waymark, and mind where the rocks are. If in doubt as to where the enforced border is, ASK USBP NOT MXBP!!! USBP agents are everywhere here.

Visit, but stay safe in a confusing area!! :)
Designation: 1

Benchmark Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission

Nearest Address:
Brickland Rd at Ewald Kapp Way
El Paso, TX


Parking Coordinates: N 31° 47.045 W 106° 31.776

Website: [Web Link]

Trailhead: Not Listed

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