Residents and visitors alike are invited to take a grand tour of the El Paso border with Mexico and learn about 175 years of El Paso border history, thanks to Celebration of Our Mountains.
A map with directions of the tour will be distributed at the American Dam and the tour begins promptly at 9 a.m.
To access the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) field office at 2616 West Paisano, take Executive Boulevard. to Paisano and go left. Get into the right lane as quickly as you can. The first turnout on the right will take you to the office and parking is available along the roadside.
The tour will begin at the American Dam Field Office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), Tour members will take a short walk across the American Canal to Boundary Marker #1.
As tour particpants read the marker and listen to guide Mike Landis of the IBWC, they can straddle the border with one foot in the U.S.
and the other in Mexico.
From there the tour will continue east on Paisano to Old Fort Bliss, Hart’s Mill and the historic La Hacienda Restaurant.
There, Robert Diaz, President of the El Paso Historical Society, will talk about the border history from 1840 to 1900.
Finally, the tour winds its way down Paisano to the Chamizal National Memorial. There, Ranger Rodney Sauter will explore and share the history of how the Chamizal Convention of 1963 finally ended a century-long border dispute.
After the tour, participants are invited to have a taste of border food history, as the newly re-opened Amigos Restaurant – located at 2000 Montana Avenue – was established after La Hacienda closed.
The chef and waiters from La Hacienda moved there and the menu is the same.
For more information visit the Celebration of Our Mountains website.