[Map of the U.S.-Mexico Border from El Paso to Van Horn, Texas] Metadata

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  • Added Title U. S. - Mexico boundary from El Paso to Van Horn, Texas. Map
  • Main Title [Map of the U.S.-Mexico Border from El Paso to Van Horn, Texas]


  • Cartographer: Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Digitized: 2006-04-10
  • Creation: [1920..]


  • English


  • Physical Description: 1 map ; 28 x 35 cm.
  • Content Description: Reproduction of a hand-drawn map showing the border area between Texas and Mexico from El Paso, Texas (left) to Van Horn, Texas (right). Several towns, forts, roads, and geographic features are marked primarily on the Texas side of the map. A note in the bottom-left corner of the map says "Where the Rio Grande becomes the U.S. & Mexico boundary, and flows towards the Big Bend District. It makes 1,260 miles of the international border. Much of the early history of the south-west was made along the Rio Bravo (Rio Grande) by the Spaniards. Their route was through "El Paso del Norte" the Pass of the North. This section of the border was very active during the "Border Trouble Days" of 1916 to 1920."


  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Landscape and Nature - Geography and Maps
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Mexican-American Border Region.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Rio Grande.
  • Keyword: U.S.-Mexico border

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source


  • Place Name: United States - Texas
  • Place Name: Mexico
  • Place Box: northlimit=32.091728; eastlimit=-104.625732; southlimit=30.258909; westlimit=-106.943848;


  • Name: Rescuing Texas History, 2006
    Code: SG06


  • Name: Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)
    Code: ABB


  • Rights Access: public

Resource Type

  • Map


  • Image


  • Call Number: M 912.78(10)


  • Digital Preservation: creationAppName: Adobe Photoshop creationAppVersion: 7 creationHardware: BetterLight Super8K
  • Display Note: Biographical information regarding cartographer: W. D. Smithers, born in Mexico in 1895, was a photographer, amateur historian and botanist, and free-lance journalist of the Big Bend area of Texas. Between 1914 and 1919, he served with the U. S. Army in the Big Bend, first as a civilian muleteer, then as a wagon master. He later was an aerial photographer of the area and in the 1930s photographed the entire U. S. border with Mexico for the International Boundary and Water Commission. From 1936 to 1974, he operated a photography shop in Alpine, Texas, where he became known for lamp shades made of photographs. He recorded life along the Mexican border between 1914 and 1974 in maps, pictures, and a memoir, Chronicles of the Big Bend.
  • Display Note: Black and white photographic reproduction of hand drawn map 28 x 35 cm.