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Dec 16, 2018 - Texas in our rear view mirror...for a while

Post 190 for this year is as todays entry says...Texas in our rear view mirror. We arrived in Mesilla, New Mexico (a suburb of Las Cruces, NM) about 2:30 p.m. MST. We left Fort Stockton this morning about 9:30 a.m. CST. While it looks like five hours, we gained an hour when we crossed into the Mountain Time Zone. We covered 290+ miles today and bought diesel and stopped at one rest area outside El Paso. We were in no hurry but still arrived with plenty of time to get set up for our two night stay here. But earlier today... we were up early...

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Nov 8, 2016 - Las Cruces NM - Double Eagle, Historic Mesilla and Christmas at La Posta de Mesilla

Double Eagle Restaurant - NOTE - the owner has enlisted a local artis, Damen, to restore all the Gold Leaf throughout the restaurant and to restore the very old paintings. Damen gave us a private tour which was extremely informative. On the Mesilla Plaza, three miles southwest of Las Cruces, is the National Registered Historical Building that is now the site of the Double Eagle and Peppers Restaurants. First constructed in the late 1840’s, the building has witnessed many colorful and historical events, including the Mexican-American War of...

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Second Half of 2016

Nov 8, 2016 - Las Cruces NM - Historic Mesilla

Mesilla is a small town by today’s standards but 150 years ago it was the major stop for those traveling between San Antonio and San Diego. Mesilla hasn’t changed much over the years, allowing visitors to see what an 1800’s border town looked like. Western Legend Billy the Kid once stood trial for murder in a Mesilla courtroom, and the Mesilla Plaza was once a major stop for the Butterfield Stagecoach. Originally, Mesilla was part of Mexico, but with the signing of the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, the village became part of the United States....

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Nov 7, 2016 - Las Cruces NM - La Posta de Mesilla

Earliest records indicate the La Posta Compound was originally constructed in the 1840's. Sam Bean and his brother Roy Bean, operated a freight and passenger service line to Pinos Altos from this building in the 1850's. It was a stop along the stagecoach route from San Diego to San Antonio. After the Civil War, The La Posta Compound became an important stop on the Butterfield Stagecoach Line. During the 1870's and 1880's, the Corn Exchange Hotel, one of the finest lodges in the Southwest, operated from the building. John Davis, the...

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Second Half of 2016

Jun 14, 2011 - El Paso TX- Las Cruces NM

Finally out of TEXAS Paso-ed El Paso and are now in Las Crusces, New Mexico. Just across the border from El Paso and Juarez Mexico. Lots of white trucks with a green stripe ( Border Patrol). The temperature has been a steady 100+ during the day and 68 at night. Limits doing allot of sightseeing and Geocaching. We went into a nearby town called Messilla. It is an original Spanish town here since the days before it was part of Mexico. The inhabitants are direct descendants of the early settlers. the town has many adobe homes and most kept in...

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Feb 12, 2010 - Historic Old Mesilla

From Sunny Acres RV Park, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, fifty miles NW from El Paso. We now have two excursions around the area under our belts. Wednesday we wanted to get out & see something but fearing the remote chance that the weather forecast of rain later in the day might have some chance of accuracy, we chose to keep it close & visit the nearby historic town of Mesilla. The following comments are taken from a brochure provided by the town’s Visitor’s Center & the town’s website, with slight editing solely to facilitate inclusion in the...

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We're Wingin' It

Apr 3, 2009 - Mesilla, NM

Mesilla was part of the Kingdom of Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and finally the United States. It has a rich history with prehistoric cultures, Spanish explorers, Apache raids, the Civil War and the Wild West. Pancho Villa and Billy the Kid walked the streets. The trial of Billy the Kid was held here and the Democrats and the Republicans had a bloody show down in the square. The Gadsden Purchase finally brought Mesilla into the United States. From 1860-81 Mesilla was the crossroads of two major stagecoach lines,...

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Jan 21, 2009 - Mesilla New Mexico

This is one of our base camps. High speed internet...what more can you ask for? Alamagordo, Las Cruces, Bandalier and the space port. The view of the organ mountains is very inspirational. Expect a few left turns form this stay. On to SoCal in a few days.

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Spring 2009 Tour

Apr 7, 2008 - Old Mesilla, the colorful border town

Old Mesilla is a historic community where traditional adobe structures with architectural features over 150 years old are still inhabited. Many of the present 2,200 residents are direct descendents of early settlers and follow old traditions. Their rich and diverse heritage is created by the integration of Indian, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American cultures. This area abounds in colorful history: Apaches periodically swept through the Mesilla area, stealing livestock and foodstuffs, murdering colonists and seizing captives. In 1884 The...

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Mar 12, 2008 - Las Cruces, New Mexico

At last, civilization - cable TV, computer access, cell phones - it's great! Yes, we love the wilderness but it's great to be in a location where we can access all of the modern conveniences. We dropped off the motorhome first thing this morning so they could work on the motorhome slideout/slidein. We didn't really expect them to complete the work in one day and guess what, they have to order parts. So, we are set-up in a great RV park near town for the next week and decided we could use the downttime to get r and r. However, as I type...

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Mar 11, 2008 - Fleetwood RV Rally in Tucson, AZ

Chip and I are going to our first RV rally in Tucson , AZ. Judy is hitching a ride and she is gonna stay at her friend, Penny's house. We left the house on March 10th and reached New Mexico on the 11th. We spent the first night at Midessa Oil Patch RV Park in Odessa, TX. 444 Miles The next night we stayed at Las Cruces KOA in Las Cruces, NM 334 Miles

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Jan 23, 2008 - Waking up with the quails and falling asleep to the trains in the distance

Sleeping in Gilbert Ray Campground was just great - nice and quiet and dark. I woke up about 7:15 or so and walked down to the bathhouse just to see what the morning was like and what was happening out in the world. It was a brisk morning, but not so cold - a vest over my pj's was okay. There was a bird sitting on top of a tall saguaro just across from the Sea Dragon and quail scooting along and singing their song as they went. Most folks seemed to be heading out and we did the same. It's an easy breakdown when all you have is the...

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