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Historic Mesilla

The town of Mesilla is located just Southwest of the city of Las Cruces. In the late 1800s Mesilla was the larger more important town but when the railroad was coming through Mesilla opted not to allow the railroad to build a depot here and Las Cruces grew faster than Mesilla. Mesilla is important historically for several reasons. It was an important stop on the Butterfield Stage Line, it was an important part of the purchase of land from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase and it is where "Billy the Kid" was tried and sentenced to death for his activities in the Lincoln County War. The center of the town was the plaza which they have tried to maintain as close as possible to the way it appeared in the 1800s.

La Posta de Mesilla

There are several historic buildings in Mesilla including La Posta de Mesilla which was a stop on the Butterfield Stage Line. It is the only building on that stage line that is still in tact and still in use today.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Mesilla is also home to the newest state park in New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, which just opened in December 2008.

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  • In a nutshell:Historic Town; Beautiful Park
  • Last visit to Mesilla: May 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Thanks for another useful page to help with planning our NM trip - we expect to be staying in Mesilla on our last night


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