The International Boundary Commission (IBC) and Projects along the U.S. – Mexico Border (1928 – 1941)

Author(s): Mark Howe

Year: 2015


The International Boundary Commission (IBC) conducted many projects along the entire U.S. – Mexico border during the Depression. Many of the projects were in cooperation with the Mexican Commission (Mexico) as per treaty stipulations. These projects were conducted under funds from agencies such as the Public Works Commission (PWC), Works Progress Administration (WPA) and others. Examination of the original documents and maps at the present International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) offices in El Paso, Texas has shown an interesting range of individual and Commission attitudes to structures and projects. Discussion will focus on the projects along the border, pertaining to repairs, repainting and costs to the historic monuments defining the border that were established in the 1800’s. Additionally, a comparison of the monuments and those down the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico will be examined and discussed.

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The International Boundary Commission (IBC) and Projects along the U.S. – Mexico Border (1928 – 1941). Mark Howe. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395055)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;