"Our last few hours in New Mexico ..." Mesilla by toonsarah
Mesilla Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 59 photos
Of all the southern New Mexico towns we visited, it was the one that came closest to the historical identity of more northern Santa Fe and Taos, albeit much smaller. It made a lovely base for our last few hours in the state.
Mesilla was founded in the mid 19th century and for a part of its history lay in a sort of no man’s land between Mexico and the United States. But in 1854 the Gadsden Purchase declared the town officially part of the United States. As Mesilla was the most important community in this parcel, the treaty was consummated by the raising of the American flag on the town plaza on November 16, 1854.
With increased stability came increased trade, and Mesilla found itself in a prime location on the cross-roads of two stagecoach routes. But the town chose not to have the railroad routed through the community, so it went “next-door” to Las Cruces instead. The result was major growth for that city, while Mesilla remained small and retained much of its charm and character.
Today Mesilla is a little pocket of colonial Spain on the outskirts of more modern Las Cruces. There are only a few “sights” (an attractive church, a small museum). Rather, it is a place to wander around and seek the serendipity of a pretty building here, an interesting shop there ...
There are also a number of good restaurants in the historical buildings in and around the Plaza, which made it the perfect place for our final New Mexican meal – and New Mexican margarita!
Please start your visit to Mesilla with my accommodation tip.
We had hoped to be able to stay in one of the few bed and breakfast places in the heart of old Mesilla, but one was... more travel advice
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