Old Mesilla

(Mesilla NM)
Formerly a part of Mexico, the once border town of Mesilla hasn’t changed much over the years. In the late 1800’s, it was a major trade center and a stop for the Butterfield Stagecoach on its way to San Diego. Its cantinas, saloons and festivals were popular.

Church, clouds

Old Mesilla – Basilica of San Albino

Two battles were fought there during the Civil War, and Mesilla became the capital of the Confederate Territory of Arizona. After the war, the Apache’s often raided the town, so a US Army fort was built nearby. Billy the Kid was tried for murder there, and folks like Pat Garrett, Pancho Villa and Albert Fountain were part of the town’s story.

Building, clouds

Oldest brick building in New Mexico

Gazebo, trees

Bandstand on Mesilla Plaza

The Plaza, in the center of town, is similar to those found in small Mexican villages; and, much the same as it would have been in the 1800s. At one end, is the Basilica of San Albino built of adobe in 1855, and is still being used today. The oldest brick building in the state sets on one corner. In the center of the plaza, is a bandstand which is used for events.

Fountain, plaza, walkway

Shops off of the plaza

Old adobe theatre

Fountain Theatre

There are restaurants, shops and galleries around the plaza, and the Fountain Theatre has operated since the early 1900s. Surrounding the plaza are many adobe homes that remain from the early days. Except for the electric, paved streets and cars, it felt like stepping back in time.

Wall, ristras, trees

Decorated fence in the neighborhood

River, rocks, trees

Rio Grande at Percha Dam camp

After the visit, I went into Las Cruces to re-supply, and to get an oil change for Tardis. Then, I traveled north to camp for free next to the Rio Grande at Percha Dam State Park.

Camp: Percha Dam SP drycamp
Scene: Historic town, plaza, church, shops

Also see: Lincoln

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4 Responses to Old Mesilla

  1. Anne P December 2, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    Beautiful and interesting stop. Thank you for sharing.

    • Pleinguy December 2, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      Glad you liked the post. Thanks for commenting Anne.

  2. Judie Ashford December 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    I’ve looked at Mesilla a couple of times, but never took the plunge. You’ve inspired me to take a look.

    Virtual hugs,


    • Pleinguy December 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

      I had done the same in bypassing it. Glad I finally went to see Mesilla. You should give it a try.

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