Sunday, January 15, 2012

Naco Arizona

No trip to the Excited States of America is complete without looking at "the fence", which stretches along its southern border. I've always been fascinated with how the U.S. looks at its neighbours, being one myself, and have always wanted to see the lengths they go to to keep Mexicans on their side of the line. While travelling towards Naco (pop. 800), you cross some breathtaking desert mountains, millions of cacti, at least one Army base and dozens of green-striped Border Patrol trucks. Near Fort Huachuca, if you look up, way up, you'll actually see a blimp providing a drone-like eye in the sky over the mountainous terrain along the border. Closer to ground, you'll see towers with cameras, floodlights and sensors to capture any movements (illegal or not) along the massive fence which stretches for miles east and west of Naco.

Naco itself is a very small, sleepy village, with a school, a bar, a post office, a golf course (?!) and yes, a very large fence. Permeated only by a border crossing at the end of Naco Highway which connects to the sister city of Naco, Sonora, Mexico. The Gay 90s bar, which despite the monicker seems to be referring only to the joyous late-1800s era, has been said to be so popular with Nacoans of both flags, that people have actually jumped the fence for a drink, then jumped back. For more Naco lore, check out this 2007 article from National Geographic.

Photos taken in Naco, Arizona on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

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