Explore the History of Border Patrol Vehicles at This One-of-a-Kind Museum

Would it surprise you to learn that the Border Patrol used to dispatch service members on horseback? If so, be sure to check out the National Border Patrol Museum for their Vehicles of the Border Patrol exhibit this Tuesday, January 14th!

When the Border Patrol was first founded in 1924, the primary mode of transportation was by horseback. The Service provided a badge and revolver, but recruits furnished their own horse and saddle. Additionally, the Service provided oats and hay for the horses, along with a salary of $1,680 for the inspectors.

As funds became available, vehicles were provided along with classes on how to drive and maintain the vehicles. In the 1930s, vehicles with horse trailers became available, but the trend toward all vehicle operations became prevalent and horse patrol units became obsolete, only to be revived in the 1970s. The iconic seafoam green color was established in the 1950s and remained the primary vehicle color until a new color scheme in 1995. With the move to the Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, a new vehicle color scheme was adopted.

This week, view pictures of early vehicles, as well as actual Border Patrol vehicles, at the National Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Texas. The National Border Patrol Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. It is a private, non-profit museum where exhibits cover the history of the United States Border Patrol – from the Old West, Prohibition, and WWII, up to current operations.

Spend a day learning about the history of one of our nation’s most crucial security programs at the National Border Patrol Museum! Guided tours may be booked in advance. Admission to the National Border Patrol Museum is free. For more information, please visit

Sonoma Palms Apartments, the premier apartments in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is inviting friends and neighbors to attend this unforgettable event! So, lace up your shoes and get ready for a local adventure, like no other!

Event Time/Date:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
National Border Patrol Museum
4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Road
El Paso, Texas 79924

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