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Las Cruces is considered the “Crossroads of the Southwest” It was founded in 1843 when the nearby settlement of Dona Anna became overcrowded. The then mayor asked one of the Lt. And Commander of the US forces to make a new settlement nearby. This settlement would become known as Las Cruces.

It is thought that Las Cruces got its name from the ‘garden of Crosses’ travelers made for those who fell victim to Apache raids on their way up north. However, there are some who feel the name is just the Spanish word for crossing or crossroads.

The Mesilla village is close by and has a plaza and original adobe houses in a Spanish colonial setting. You have to buy chilies from here if you like it hot:)

My favorite memories of Las Cruces were the landscapes, sunsets and the pretty nice people.

  • Last visit to Las Cruces: Sep 2005
  • Intro Written Oct 29, 2005
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