Historic Port of Entry Re-Opens

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POSTED: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 8:55pm

The Los Ebanos Ferry crossing in the upper valley is up and running after water levels kept it docked for several weeks.
The ferry has been making its rounds since the early fifties and with several men pulling the barge, its one of the most unconventional ways to cross the border.

Whether by car or on foot, many travelers pass through here daily. It may be different than other ports of entry but the rules are the same. One of the best thing about the ferry is that its pretty inexpensive. It takes only minutes to get into Mexico instead of waiting in long lines at other ports of entry.

The barge carries up to three cars at a time a long with several passengers.
Six men push the ferry back and forth several times a day with their bare hands.
Captain Alejo Silva says he really like his job because of the communication it allows him to have with his home town in Mexico but to him what matters most the union it has created over the years between two very different countries.

Although the men seem to love what they do, it does have its downside.
They tell us that they have to rest their hands as much as possible and the sun beaming off of the water can make the heat unbearable.
But because this ferry is so unique and adds so much to the area, they say they will pull through the hot summer months.

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