On the way back from White Sands National Park, we make a stop in the historic town of Mesilla, NM which is right next to Las Cruces. It actually is historically significant in this part of the world. It was here before Las Cruces and has several events making it an important part of local history.
First, it is part of the last territory to become part of the USA with the signing of the Gadsden Purchase. On November 16, 1854.
Second, the Butterfield Overland Trail, a mail stage line from St. Louis to San Francisco (before the Pony Express) stopped here because it was the Capitol of Arizona and New Mexico.
Third, Billy the Kid was captured, jailed, tried and sentenced to hanging in the courthouse here BUT he escaped.
It is an area worth stopping to explore the shops and see the historical buildings. And of course have a lunch or dinner!
We enjoy a late lunch at La Posta de Mesilla, a restaurant that has been in this town for over 80 years. Excellent food! We think it is much more New Mexican than Santa Fe one of our favorite places.
Back to the hotel to relax until tomorrow’s exploring more of the interesting history of this area of our country.