Chamizal

National Memorial - Texas

The memorial park serves primarily as a cultural center and contains art galleries, a theater, and an amphitheatre. A museum, which details the history of the U.S.–Mexico border, is located inside the visitor center. The park honors the peaceful resolution of the Chamizal Dispute, a more than 100-year border dispute between the United States and Mexico that resulted from the natural change of course of the Rio Grande between the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. This national memorial was established on part of the disputed land that was assigned to the United States according to the Chamizal Convention of 1963; a corresponding Parque Público Federal "El Chamizal" was created on the now-Mexican portion of the land. The Chamizal Convention was negotiated by the International Boundary and Water Commission, which was established in 1889 to maintain the border, and pursuant to later treaties to allocate river waters between the two nations, and provide for flood control and water sanitation.

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Official visitor map of Chamizal National Memorial (NMEM) in Texas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Chamizal - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Chamizal National Memorial (NMEM) in Texas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/cham/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamizal_National_Memorial The memorial park serves primarily as a cultural center and contains art galleries, a theater, and an amphitheatre. A museum, which details the history of the U.S.–Mexico border, is located inside the visitor center. The park honors the peaceful resolution of the Chamizal Dispute, a more than 100-year border dispute between the United States and Mexico that resulted from the natural change of course of the Rio Grande between the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. This national memorial was established on part of the disputed land that was assigned to the United States according to the Chamizal Convention of 1963; a corresponding Parque Público Federal "El Chamizal" was created on the now-Mexican portion of the land. The Chamizal Convention was negotiated by the International Boundary and Water Commission, which was established in 1889 to maintain the border, and pursuant to later treaties to allocate river waters between the two nations, and provide for flood control and water sanitation. Chamizal is more than just an urban park to recreate or enjoy a quiet afternoon. These grounds are a reminder of the harmonious settlement of a 100-year boundary dispute between the United States and Mexico. We celebrate the cultures of the borderlands to promote the same mutual respect that helped to diplomatically resolve an international disagreement. Chamizal National Memorial is located in a large, bi-national metropolitan area and easily accessible by road. El Paso International Airport is nearby, as well as an Amtrack train station. Chamizal National Memorial Cultural Center The Chamizal National Memorial Cultural Center includes the theater, exhibit areas, park store and visitor information desk. It also provides visitor access to the Franklin G. Smith Gallery located next door in the Administrative Office Building. From Paisano Drive, turn south onto South San Marcial Street. Memorial entrance is on the left, opposite Bowie High School. Mountain View a bench next to a tree with U.S. and Mexican flags flying against a mountain background Chamizal National Memorial stands as a reminder of the effectiveness of diplomacy and the power of friendship. Junior Rangers a group of children with hand raised in front of park rangers and ground squirrel mascot Junior Rangers learn about Chamizal National Memorial. Trails walking trails cross a field of green grass with mountain in the background Enjoy the green space of Chamizal in the heart of El Paso. Theater Performances Women in swirling skirts and men with sombreros and colorful ponchos dance onstage Take in a theater performance such as this ballet folklorico. Franklin G. Smith Gallery paintings hang from art gallery walls Browse art from the borderland in the Franklin G. Smith Gallery. 2015 Recipients: George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Six people and programs received the 2015 Harzog Award for their exceptional volunteer service. Check out their amazing contributions! Young volunteer giving a thumbs up sign National Park Getaway: Chamizal National Memorial It’s fiesta time at Chamizal National Memorial! 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. Two dancers on stage Air Quality in the Chihuahuan Desert Three park units in the Chihuahuan Desert Network, Big Bend National Park (NP), Carlsbad Caverns NP, and Guadalupe Mountains NP are designated as Class I air quality areas under the Clean Air Act. Class I areas receive the highest protection under the act, and degradation of air quality must be minimal. Air quality concerns include atmospheric deposition effects and visibility impairment from fine particle haze. Rugged landscape under a partly cloudy sky at Big Bend National Park Module Conducts Wildland-Urban Interface Projects Throughout the Intermountain Region In 2013, the Saguaro Wildland Fire Module (WFM) managed multiple projects simultaneously in AZ, TX, and NM. WFMs are highly skilled and versatile fire crews that provide expertise in long-term planning, ignitions, holding, prescribed fire preparation and implementation support, hazardous fuels reduction, and fire effects monitoring. With their help, fire fulfills its natural or historic role to meet resource and management objectives and create fire-adapted communities. Pollinators - Hummingbirds Hummingbirds (family Trochilidae) are amazingly adapted pollinators, and they play an important role in pollination. A flying hummingbird hovers next to a red flower National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment the National Park Service has developed a number of special programs. This includes online content, exhibits, and special events. The National Park Service’s Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) announces the release of a story map that highlights some of these programs and provides information for the public to locate and participate. Opening slide of the 19th Amendment NPS Commemoration Story Map Chamizal Virtual Ranger Become a Chamizal National Memorial Virtual Ranger! Complete the online activities and print your badge, then let us know what you think. Ground squirrel mascot stands next to boundary monument in front of park cultural center. Nuestra Herencia Mural "Nuestra Herencia," the title of a large mural at Chamizal National Memorial, means, "Our Heritage." Visitors can see the brightly-colored painting on their way to the memorial's Cultural Center. Find out how artist Carlos Flores uses symbols and vibrant imagery to represent the nations, races, traditions, and histories that have shaped the US-Mexico borderland. A mural covers three walls of a park building, seen from across an open, paved area.

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