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 Rio Linda Neighborhood Reunion at Chamizal National Memorial Set For Saturday

Chamizal National Memorial | Photo courtesy NPS/Facebook

Rio Linda Neighborhood Reunion at Chamizal National Memorial Set For Saturday

Former residents and family members of the Rio Linda Neighborhood will be headed back to their old neighborhood this Saturday, courtesy a reunion to be held at the Chamizal National Memorial.

The free event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chamizal National Memorial, located at 800 South San Marcial Street. The reunion will take place in the south-central portion of the park closest to the Delta Drive Gate.

“Come one, come all and be part of this historic event!” invites Felipe Peralta, former resident and Reunion Coordinator. “Please help spread the word about this historic event to reunite friends and former neighbors.”

Partners from UTEP’s Institute of Oral History will also be available during the event to record and preserve the memories and stories of those directly affected by the Treaty who are part of our shared history along the border.

Chamizal National Memorial Superintendent F. Gus Sanchez states, “We are happy to support and foster direct connections and reconnections with those who are part of the history this living Memorial commemorates. We are honored to provide them the opportunity to share their stories with us and the countless visitors who come here.”

The former Rio Linda Neighborhood included Eleventh through Thirteenth Streets between Cotton Avenue/Park Street and Rosita Street.

All residents were relocated in the mid-late 1960s by the United States Federal Government in order to create the new, permanent concrete channel for this section of the Rio Grande/Bravo that flows between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez under the terms of the Chamizal Convention (Treaty).

The Treaty was signed by the U.S. and Mexico in August 1963 and ratified in April 1964. The new channel opened in December 1968.

Businesses, residences, and community centers in Chihuahita, Segundo Barrio, and Cordova Gardens neighborhoods were also among those relocated in order to accomplish the diplomatic measures created by Chamizal Convention which finally settled this international boundary dispute that lasted more than a century.

There is no cost to enter the park or for the event. Each family is asked to bring their own picnic food as well as chairs and/or blankets. There are limited covered picnic shelters with grills and tables available.

Park officials remind attendees that no glass containers are allowed on the Memorial grounds at any time and pets must be leashed at all times and their waste picked up for safety.

Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.         Set up and Meet & Greet

Record your oral history with UTEP Institute of Oral History in Park Library

12 p.m. Opening Ceremony

Welcome & Blessing by Father Sam Rosales, Sacred Heart Catholic Church of El Paso

Welcome by Chamizal National Memorial Superintendent F. Gus Sanchez

Introduction of Reunion Organizers: Felipe Peralta, Angie Vargas, Robert Morales, Fernie Medina

Guests organized by Rio Linda Streets

Record your oral history with UTEP Institute of Oral History in Park Library

5 p.m. Closing Ceremony & Future Plans


For questions or more information, please contact any of the following: Robert Morales (Viro) at 915-525-5199, Felipe Peralta (Pipi) at 915-613-7675, Fernie Medina at (915) 494-4036, or Angie Vargas (Dominguez) at 915-540-1207. For park questions, please contact Anne_Doherty-Stephan@nps.gov or by phone at     915-532-7273 x124.

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  • Question for : Robert Morales (Viro) , Felipe Peralta (Pipi) , Fernie Medina , or Angie Vargas (Dominguez). Anne Doherty Stephan
    Hello , my name is Frank Tarango , I’m an old Rio Linda resident that used to live on 13th Ave. back in the early 60’s . I still remember president Johnson and President López Mateos , at Bowie High School on September 25, 1964, a sad day for many of us. I also went to school with a couple of you, Felipe and Fernie.
    My question has been to many throughout the internet and Facebook groups about photographs of our homes on Rio Linda neighborhood , mainly on 12th and 13th ave. and could never find anyone that had any. Also was wondering if the Chamizal Settlement is a forbidden matter , since every time I do a map search of El Paso City maps , (even on different databases) the results always show maps after Chamizal and not before. Are there no existent 1950-63 maps of El Paso ? .
    I would really appreciate any info you might have on this . This is for personal use to inform grandchildren and reminiscing.
    1407 13th Ave. across the street from gang basketball street court .

    • Frank, you would need to call those people directly at the number provided in the article. As for the maps, UTEP Special Collections has plenty of the maps from that era, you simply need to visit the library and request access. As far as on-line resources with historical maps, the USGS Site has a searchable database of maps from all eras. (https://www.usgs.gov/products/maps/overview) The issue isn’t that the maps are ‘forbidden,’ it simply that they have not been digitized fully yet. Good luck in your search.

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