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"Pancho Villa State Park" Columbus Things to Do Tip by Basaic

Columbus Things to Do: 5 reviews and 18 photos

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One of the main reasons for visiting the town of Columbus is the Pancho Villa State Park. Pancho Villa State Park commemorates the raid conducted by soldiers belonging to Pancho Villa on the tiny hamlet of Columbus on 9 March 1916. This is the last time an enemy army operated on US Soil. The park is located on the grounds of former Camp Furlong from where Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing launched 10,000 troops on an 11-months, 500-mile pursuit of Villa into Mexico. The Exhibit Hall tells the story that begins with the 1910 Mexican Revolution and ends with Pershing’s command of the Allied Forces when the U.S. entered World War I. The main building remaining on the grounds is the 1902 US Custom's House, and the former Recreation Hall. There are also the remains of two adobe buildings and a few other remains. Several of these are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum itslef, located in the Visitors Center, is very well done and worth the visit.

Address: P.O. Box 450, Columbus, NM 88029
Directions: At the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 9.
Phone: (575) 531-2711

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 8, 2009
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