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“History was born here”

Old Mesilla Village
Ranked #2 of 53 things to do in Las Cruces
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Las Cruces, nm
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“History was born here”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Old Mesilla was a busy trade center for Mexico. The portion north of old Mesilla was claimed by Texas when they seceded from Mexico claiming New Mexico and other lands including Colorado and Wyoming. The area changed little until the US Army claimed the territory in 1846 as part the United States versus the claim of Texas. Mexicans unhappy with this moved back to Mexico and primarily Old Mesilla just across the Rio Grande river. Southern states wanting a direct rail route to the Pacific were the force behind the Gadsden treaty giving old Mesilla back to the US. It became an important stagecoach route and later train route on the Southern Pacific railroad. Lot of history in this old town which remain true to its culture and architecture.

Visited July 2013
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Castro Valley
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Beautiful old town”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

It is a beautiful small town with great shops to buy stuff to bring for friends. Nice shop with 1800 wood ceilings,old church in the center.
Great place to spend time looking around.

Visited August 2013
Thank Rose M
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A piece of old Mexico”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Love the unique book store on the plaza as well as the shops. Not impressed with the restaurants around the plaza.

Visited July 2013
Thank Maralan H
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Erlanger, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Charming old town full of history, entertainment”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

This 1848 village on the historic Butterfield Stage Coach Trail is a fun excursion in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Many of the 150-year-old adobe buildings are open to the public, such as the renowned La Posta Mexican restaurant founded in 1939 in the original Old Butterfield Stage Building. The food and decor inside are not to be missed. Two other favorite restaurants are the Double Eagle (located on the plaza in an 1840s adobe home that has two ghosts, so the locals say) and El Comedor Restaurant (which lacks the historic atmosphere but more than makes up for it in exceptional Mexican food, located on Avenida de Mesilla). Entertainment on the grassy plaza in the center of town includes a charming farmers and craft market every Friday and Saturday, some sort of special event monthly and an absolutely giant Cinco de Mayo Fiesta the weekend closest to May 5. Dancers in breath-taking outfits range in age from 4 to 80. It's a joy to attend. There is also live music most nights at the El Patio Cantina (1934) and foreign and alternative films nightly at the 1905 Fountain Theatre. ... And I nearly forgot, some of the shops have reasonably priced souvenirs and original artwork. I visit at least once a year, coming in from Kentucky, no less.

Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Food, sites, and friendly people.”
Reviewed 13 August 2013 via mobile

I visit La Posta restaurant, and the food was delicious. I also walked around town, and the buildings were interesting. People were very friendly.

Visited August 2013
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