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This is where we draw the line...

Monuments in Palominas Along the Border
(Contributed by Ron Pamachena)

The Rio Grande forms most of the border between the United States and Mexico.  From 1892 to 1894, 258 monuments were put along the rest of it, from El Paso to the Pacific Ocean.  They were numbered from east to west.  Since the U.S. side put up the monuments, the 5 along the border here are in Palominas.  Monuments 95, 96, and 97 are east of the San Pedro River, and 98 and 99 are west.  The first monument shown in the photos is 98, and the second is 99.  Monument 98 is about 0.35 mile west of the river.  Monument 99 is about 3.10 miles west of 98.

Monuments 95, 96, and 97 are east of the river.  Monument 97 is about 1.73 miles east of the river,  and 2.08 miles east of 98.  Monument 96 is about 2.25 miles east of 97, and 95 is about 1.91 miles east of 96. 

From: 90 Years and 535 Miles, by Robert R. Humphrey (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1987) (Humphrey was a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona when he wrote the book.)


Using a 4x4 vehicle (recommended), one can reach this spot along the Border Monument Road (in Palominas) by taking several dirt roads off of State Route 92, and following same dirt roads south and west. This border monument is in pretty bad shape! Weather and idiots using it for target practice have left its damaging toll. The monument stands about eight feet and has this inscription... "Repaired by the Boundary Commission created by Treaties of 1882 - 1889. Destruction or displacement of this monument is a misdemeanor punishable by the United States or Mexico." 


And, further west along the border...
This monument, maybe a couple of miles west of the previous one, appears in better condition. The inscription reads..."Boundary of the United States, Treaty of 1851, Re-established by Treaties of 1882 - 1889". I could not find a date that this was placed here.
A second & smaller
Border Monument...

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