Boquillas, Texas

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Boquillas was a small settlement in Texas, located on the northern banks of the Rio Grande. It was located within Brewster County, five miles northeast of San Vicente, Texas.[1] The place existed to service the mining operations at Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico, just across the Rio Grande.

Boquillas, Texas is now in Big Bend National Park. It is now usually known as Rio Grande Village, and consists of a ranger station and other buildings to serve visitors to the park. In 1916 over 200 Villistas raided Boquillas and nearby Glenn Springs, Texas.[2] At Boqullas the Americans were able to capture one of the raider commanders but lost two men who were taken captive by the Mexicans.

The Rio Grande border crossing to Boquillas del Carmen was closed in 2002. On January 7, 2011, the U.S. National Park Service announced plans to reopen the crossing.[3] After multiple delays, the unmanned border station was finally opened on April 11, 2013.[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Vicente, TX". Texas State Historical Association. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Welsh, Michael (January 2002). "Landscape of Ghosts, River of Dreams: An Administrative History of Big Bend National Park". National Park Service. p. 14. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Burnett, John (January 7, 2007). "Big Bend Border Crossing To Reopen". NPR News. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "In Boquillas, reopened border crossing a welcome sight". Houston Chronicle. April 15, 2013. Archived from the original on April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Formalizing A Border Crossing At Boquillas". KPBS. January 2, 2013. Archived from the original on April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Border opening brings life back to Boquillas". My San Antonio. April 13, 2013. Archived from the original on April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 

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