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Oct 24, 2012 9:10 PM

Nogales to commemorate 130 years since rails met at the border

NOGALES, Ariz. - Tomorrow, the City of Nogales is commemorating the 130-year anniversary of the railroad meeting at the international border in Nogales with "Rails Makes Nogales."

Two train engines will meet together just north of the international border in Nogales to reenact the meeting of the rails 130 years ago, Nogales officials stated in a news release.

"We invite local residents and the entire business and trade communities from Ambos Nogales, Tucson, Phoenix, Hermosillo, and beyond to join us on this special occasion to recognize the importance of the rails and trade in Arizona's history," stated Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino.

"We want as many people to be present as possible so we can relive the bustle and excitement that occurred 130 years ago. This will be a once in a lifetime photo opportunity that you will not want to miss!"
After rail construction met, trade between the United States and Mexico in Nogales and the Arizona border has grown to $26 billion annually, officials stated.

"We are thrilled to commemorate the meeting of the rails that made Nogales the business and international trade hub it is today during Arizona's centennial celebration year," said Mayor Garino. "This is one of many events the City is sponsoring to improve its image."

"The meeting of the rails 130 years ago was a turning point in the histories of both Arizona and Sonora. Today we are making history not only with this commemoration, but with trade expansion, business growth, and economic development in Nogales and the entire Arizona-Sonora border region," further stated Mayor Garino.

The ceremony begins at 12:45 p.m. Thursday and will end at 2 p.m. Metered street parking is available in downtown Nogales, along with several parking lots in the area.

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