BOUNDARY, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Boundary Port of Entry held a ceremony Thursday to dedicate the recently rejuvenated Boundary Cemetery.
The Boundary Land Port of Entry was originally constructed in 1977 and several years ago CBP was in need of a
new facility in the area. In 2009 and 2010, archaeological and historical research was conducted on the Boundary Port of Entry property to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. These investigations revealed the late-19th and early-20th century town of Old Boundary and an associated cemetery located within and adjacent to the proposed construction area. In 2011, construction began on a modernized new facility made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. However, in an effort to preserve the cemetery and local history, CBP started the Old Boundary Cemetery Project. While preserving the history of the site, workers cleaned-up and enhanced the overall appearance of the cemetery. A new fence with a gate was installed, the landscape was cleaned up, and the path was widened and resurfaced with crushed stone.
The ceremony officially dedicating the cemetery took place at the Boundary Port of Entry. CBP employees, Headquarters representatives, the Stevens County Commissioner, contractors, and members of the public attended the event.
“Standing here today at the Boundary Port of Entry, I think it would be hard to find a more beautiful setting with the trees changing colors and the Columbia River in the backdrop,” said Oroville Area Port Director Ronald Arrigoni. “I am proud to be a part of CBP and their efforts in preserving an important piece of local history.”