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Chamizal National Memorial
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Location El Paso, Texas, USA
Coordinates 31°46′4″N 106°27′15″W / 31.76778°N 106.45417°W / 31.76778; -106.45417Coordinates: 31°46′4″N 106°27′15″W / 31.76778°N 106.45417°W / 31.76778; -106.45417
Area 54.90 acres (222,200 m2)
Established February 4, 1974
Visitors 231,380 (in 2005)
Governing body National Park Service

Chamizal National Memorial, located in El Paso, Texas, along the United StatesMexico international border, commemorates the peaceful settlement of the Chamizal boundary dispute.

Visitor Center at Chamizal National Memorial

The 55 acre (222,200 m²) 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 commemorates 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.

Administrative history

The National Memorial was authorized on June 30, 1966. It was established as a National Park Service unit on February 4, 1974, and was administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places the same day.

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