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“History was born here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Mesilla Village

Old Mesilla Village
Las Cruces, NM
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Ranked #3 of 27 Attractions in Las Cruces
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Walking
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Las Cruces, nm
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“History was born here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 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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“Beautiful old town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 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
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“A piece of old Mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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
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Erlanger, Kentucky
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“Charming old town full of history, entertainment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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
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“Food, sites, and friendly people.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 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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