2018 Life in our RV travel blog

Basillica in Mesilla

on the street

Site where Billy the Kid was sentenced to hang

Info on Billy the Kid

Entrance to La Posta restaurant in Mesilla

inside La Posta

old guard

wall murals

gated courtyard

popular restaurant in Mesilla

Mesilla Plaza

Mesilla info

info on stagecoach line

at Las Cruces Farmers' and Craft Market

one of many food trucks at market

another food truck

market on Main Street in Las Cruces


another food truck

mural in Las Cruces

dude with a parrot

boy holding the parrot

Hatch Chile truck

red peppers

more red peppers

another food truck

interesting tree downtown Las Cruces

On Friday, we went to Historic Old Mesilla which is about a mile and a half from where we are camping in Las Cruces. Old Mesilla used to be part of Mexico in the 1800's and later was a stagecoach stop for the Butterfield Overland Mail and Stage Line. In fact, the company set up its regional headquarters in Mesilla in 1858, 4 years after the American flag first flew over Mesilla following the signing of the Gadsden Purchase.

Billy the Kid was a frequent visitor to Mesilla in the 1870's and early 1880's, and was tried for the murder of Sheriff Brady in a building on the southeast corner of the plaza in the center of town. He was sentenced to death by hanging on April 13, 1981. He escaped from the courthouse in Lincoln and was later killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Mesilla was a booming town until the residents voted against letting the railroad pass through town. Instead the railroad went through the small nearby town of Las Cruces which then began to grow. The county seat moved from Mesilla to Las Cruces shortly thereafter.

We ate lunch at the popular La Posta mexican restaurant near the Mesilla Plaza. Great atmosphere in this old building, and really neat bathrooms with lots of tile work inside. And the food was good too!

On Saturday morning, we rode to downtown Las Cruces to the Farmers' and Craft Market which covers about 7 blocks on Main Street. There were lots of vendors selling a little bit of everything - vegetables, artwork, jewelry, photgraphs, paintings, mini doughnuts (which were good by the way), kettle corn, plants, furniture, wood carvings - you name it, and it was likely being sold there!

Lots of people had their dogs with them as Las Cruces is a very dog-friendly town. We stopped to purchase some granola and a poppy-seed muffin from an organic food stand. Steve bought a bag of kettle corn and we took lots of pictures. There were a bunch of foodtrucks parked along the street selling Mexican food, slushies, and other assorted yummies. We enjoyed our visit and our stroll along main street.

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