The history of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is on display at a non-profit museum in El Paso, Texas.
The Museum Unveils the History of the U.S. Border Patrol
The history of the Border Patrol from its days in the Old West to its current high-tech state is on display at 4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Road in El Paso. The museum does not receive any federal money and subsists entirely on donations. It received over 25,000 visitors in 2011.
The exhibits include weapons, uniforms, vehicles, badges, and artistic depictions of Border Patrol agents. Also featured is memorabilia from the Border Patrol NASCAR team that raced from 2007-2009. The museum has a library and two archive professionals on staff. Border Patrol themed items are available for purchase in person at the museum and online.
The Founding of the National Border Patrol Museum
The genesis of the museum came from a meeting in 1978 of 34 Border Patrol Inspectors in Denver. They formed the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers (FORBPO). A year later, they approved the museum’s creation. In 1980, the museum was incorporated by the state of Texas as a 501(c)3 organization.
The museum first opened its doors in 1985, although it was closed for a year in the early 1990s. The current museum was constructed in 1993.
Loved Ones can be Memorialized on Bricks
Although the museum accepts memorial donations in any amount, $200 will give you a brick on the Wall of Support. You can either provide wording alone or with a Border Patrol logo. There is also the option of using the logo alone.
Every May There is a Ceremony for the Fallen Border Patrol Agents
On May 23, 2013 at 9 P.M., there will be a memorial service at the museum to commemorate those Border Patrol agents who have been killed in the line of duty. The service on May 24, 2012 featured a keynoted address delivered by the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Michael J. Fisher. There was also an honor roll call, a presentation of riderless horses, taps, and a 21-gun salute.