Nogales-Grand Avenue Port of Entry

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Nogales-Grand Avenue Port of Entry
Nogales Grand Avenue Port of Entry.jpg
Nogales-Grand Avenue Border Inspection Station as seen from Mexico
Location
Country United States
Location 9 North Grand Avenue, Nogales, Arizona 85621
Coordinates 31°29′00″N 111°32′40″W / 31.483269°N 111.544318°W / 31.483269; -111.544318
Details
Opened 1903
Phone (520) 287-1410
Hours Open 24 Hours
Exit Port Nogales, Sonora Mexico
Statistics
2011 Cars

2,641,068

(numbers for Mariposa and Grand Ave crossings combined)
2011 Trucks 0
Pedestrians 3,525,540(includes Morley gate and Mariposa pedestrians)
Website
http://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports/nogales

The Nogales Arizona Port of Entry on Grand Avenue has been in existence since the early 20th century. It connects Interstate 19 with Mexican Federal Highway 15. The port of entry is named after former Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini. The border station was completely rebuilt in 1966 and upgrades to the pedestrian gates were made by the General Services Administration in 2012.[1] It is one of three border crossings in Nogales; the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry, built in 1973, handles commercial traffic west of the Grand Avenue crossing, while the adjacent Nogales-Morley Gate Port of Entry is used for pedestrians.

History[edit]

US Customs officers outside their garita in Nogales AZ 1931

Since its inception, vehicles, pedestrians and trains have been inspected here. In 1931, as part of a nationwide program to improve border security during Prohibition, The border fence was improved and two small inspection bungalows, which local residents termed "garitas", were constructed at portals on Grand Avenue and Morley Avenue. Morley Gate is dedicated to pedestrian crossings. The Grand Avenue garita was expanded substantially in 1949, but was replaced with a the current multi-lane inspection facility in 1966.

Nogales International Boundary looking west, in 1899 (prior to boundary fence and border inspection facilities).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Clark, Jonathan (May 4, 2012). "New turnstiles near completion at DeConcini port". Nogales International.