Skip to comments.Border Patrol agents find tunnel in El Paso that connects city to storied past
Posted on 02/01/2018 7:09:38 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas found a 75-foot tunnel along the U.S. bank of the Rio Grande river and one former Border Patrol chief believes its origins could go back 100 years.
The tunnel was found when Texas Department of Transportation employees were building near downtown and notified Border Patrol agents of a cave in. The Border Patrols Confined Space Entry Team went inside to take a look and found it goes further into the U.S. but not into Mexico.
Remediation efforts are already under way, which include filling the tunnel with concrete. At this time we are working with federal, state and local partners in order to determine the purpose of this makeshift structure, said Aaron Hull, chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector.
Law enforcement officials say the tunnel managed to escape notice for decades even though its in a high-security area. The heavily patrolled location has a security camera about 200 yards south, and theres a major highway construction project directly above. Yet it took a cave in for authorities to find it.
The tunnel is covered by a wooden door in an area with thick bushes. Its about 10 feet below a road with a concrete barrier, the type usually used for medians on highways.
Journalists were not allowed inside for safety concerns, but a look in showed its about 2-feet high and 3-feet wide. It is supported by wooden beams going up the side and wooden planks across the ceiling.
El Paso has an extensive storm drain system with major spillways along the banks of the Rio Grande. That system is used by human smugglers to hide migrants and avoid climbing over the large 18-foot fences, so man-made tunnels of this type are less common.
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Israel and the US need to team up on tunnel hunting tech.
Ah yes, the tunnel from Rose’s Cantina, where the music would play and Felina would whirl.....
One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved
So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor
Everyone read the article, I saw this, fascinating, downtown El Paso was the old Chinatown and Chinese I gather, transported opium through that tunnel. It’s amazing. One can still see the Chinese restaurants in Juarez though I would not go these days.
Just wait and see, after North Korea is toppled all those Nork tunnel engineers will find new jobs in Mexico.
They can build a 4 lane hiway 300 feet deep for miles.
Tunnels from that era on the Border were often priest tunnels because they were subject to death by the Mexican Government. They snuck in to give the Sacraments to Mexican Catholics.
Of course the illegal aliens have used them in recent decades.
An exceptionally good rendition...
Of only Marty Robbins were still with us. He could add a third song to his El Paso series. And he would do it really well, because he was such a great writer. As Michael Martin Murphey once called him - Johann Sebastian Marty Robins.
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