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There is a uniqueness to the people who live along the border in Nogales. The people who live on both sides of the border in Nogales are as varied and different as the cities where they live.

Nogales, Arizona is a shrinking border town whose residents are often resistant to outsiders moving to their town which, in addition to other factors, has led to a serious economic decline.

But as its sister city of Nogales, Sonora has learned, it is the outsiders who can make a town great by contributing their work and talents to its success.The city has grown and thrived as tens of thousands of people from other parts of Sonora and other states in Mexico have moved to this border city to find work and call Nogales home.

And what results from this mixing and growth is a unique blend of backgrounds, tastes, cultures and traditions that make Nogales, Sonora a truly unique place.

It takes a special kind of person to live in and enjoy this life on the border, and we hope to show some of this uniqueness in our Virtual Nogales photography

Remembering Jose Antonio

On the night of October 10, 2012, 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was walking home on Calle Internacional in Nogales, Sonora. It would be his last walk, as a Border Patrol officer shooting his pistol from a protected area behind the...

Life in a Nogales, Mexico Landfill

They came from Nogales and other parts of Mexico to live in this ramshackle collection of structures located next to a public landfill in Nogales, Sonora. This group of people, many of them migrants who were unable to cross the border and ended...

Return of the Fariseos

An annual Lenten season tradition in Nogales and other places in Sonora is the appearance of these traditional Yaqui and Mayo dancers from San Blas and Choix, Sinaloa. Known as Fariseos (Pharisees), or Chapayekas, these religious pilgrims walk and dance to the beat of...

Carnaval – Springtime School Parade

The students and faculty of the Mexicayotl Academy, an A+ rated Montessori school in Nogales, Arizona, have a parade to celebrate Carnaval.  The activity was part of their studies in learning about springtime traditions. [gallery...