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Beebe Plain-Beebe Border Crossing
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US-Canada Border at Beebe
Location
Country United States; Canada
Location US Port: Beebe Road, Beebe Plain, Vermont 05823 Canadian Port: 2 Principale Street, Stanstead, Quebec J0B 3E5
Coordinates 45°00′21″N 72°08′32″W / 45.005836°N 72.14211°W / 45.005836; -72.14211
Details
Opened 1909
US Phone +1 (802) 873-3055
Canadian Phone +1 (819) 876-2119
Hours Open 24 Hours
Website
Official US web site
Official Canadian web site

The Beebe Plain-Beebe Border Crossing is a border crossing station on the Canada–United States border. It connects Rue Principale in Beebe Plain, Québec (a former municipality, since 1995 part of the town of Stanstead) with Beebe Road in Beebe Plain, a village in Derby, Vermont. Both the US and Canadian station buildings are historical properties listed by their respective governments.

Setting

The crossing is located in western Stanstead and central Derby, near the heart of the village of Beebe Plain, which is divided by the international border. This crossing area is best known for being bisected by Canusa Street which runs along the border for almost a half-mile, before emerging between the US and Canada border stations. Residents on the south side of Canusa Street live in the US as neighbors to folks across the street from them; those neighbours live in Canada. They are prohibited by law from visiting one another without first reporting to border inspectors.

From 1864 to the early 1900s, this crossing was also the site of the world's only international post office, with one postmaster and two doors, one for American customers and one for Canadian customers. That building, built in the 1820s with local granite, still stands divided at 1-3, rue Principale (Main Street) as a private home directly opposite the customs houses.

Canadian station

The Canadian station is located at the northeast corner of Canusa Street and Rue Principale. It is an International style structure, built in 1954-55. It was recognized by the Canadian government as a Federal Heritage Building in 1991 for its architecture.

United States station

The US station is located at the southeast corner of Canusa Street and Beebe Road. It is a small single-story brick building, with a side gable roof and end chimneys. It is five bays wide, with outer bays housing double sash windows and the inner bays housing single sash windows, with the building entrance at the center. A single-lane porte-cochere with a cross-gabled roof extends across a single travel lane. The station was built in 1937, and is one of four surviving buildings of this building type on American borders. The building was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

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