News Release Date: September 14, 2016
Contact: Gina Hernández, Chamizal National Memorial, 915-532-7273
EL PASO, TX – It's fiesta time at Chamizal National Memorial! In 2016, as the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of preserving the nation's natural and cultural heritage, the park also celebrates 50 years of the community's heritage and international friendship. We invite you to come learn more about Chamizal's important story and the shared heritage of two nations and experience the rich cultures along this stretch of our southern international border.
This national memorial was established on June 30, 1966, to commemorate the diplomatic resolution of a century-long international boundary dispute between the United States and Mexico caused by the shifting of the Rio Grande—or Rio Bravo as it is known in Mexico—in the middle of the world's largest international metroplex. The "Chamizal issue," as it was commonly called, was settled by the signing of the Chamizal Convention on August 29, 1963. Read more
The National Park Getaways series helps people find new places to connect with nature, history, family, and friends. This month's Getaway featuring Chamizal National Memorial is the 262nd installment in the series.
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