By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 11, 2022) – In Issue 2022-119 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we travel to TJ across a busy border.


Tijuana was incorporated as a city on July 11, 1889. 

It is currently the second most populous city in Mexico and also considered part of the Southern California mega polis. 

It shares 24 miles of border with San Diego.  With over 300,000 people daily going to the US or Mexico for work, school, or just a day of fun, Tijuana is the busiest crossing between two countries in the world.

Although TJ (as the Californians call it) does have a notorious side to the city, manufacturing and tourism are the main sources of income.  But there is no denying that since Prohibition, the city has been popular with Americans for entertainment sources not legalized in the US.

Here is Johnson’s map of Mexico from 1865 – no sign yet of TJ in the upper left part of Mexico.

Map of Mexico – 1865 ( Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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