The Crosses

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Thursday, November 29, 2007

This is really intended as a stopover on our way south, we're beginning to look to see where we'd like to be for Xmas - somewhere warm is the preferred option. Here, we picked a 'Passport America' campsite a 'club' that we belong to that gives us 50% discount on rates. It's right in town yet a secluded and quiet site. Paul our host was very welcoming and within about 15 mins we had been given the low down on what to visit and where to shop! So, after a quick lunch we found ourselves in the old village of Mesilla, that is now part of the city. Yet another peaceful plaza, sleepy in the late afternoon sunshine. It was here that Billy the Kid was tried, it is very interesting how all these places are linked by the famous names of yesteryear.

The old buildings that make up the square all have a tale to tell, it isn't hard to imagine how things were. You almost expect to turn around and see a dusty, leather skinned cowboy clanking along the walkway! Long before that it was home to the Pueblo Indians in the 16th century, capitol of the only Confederate territory, ceded to Mexico and re established as US in 1854. By the 1800's it was the largest town between San Antonio and San Diego. A rich history indeed.


Back in Las Cruces we discovered the 'history' of the once thriving Main Street. Its story is effectively told by way of old photos displayed along a pedestrianised section, rather a sad tale of once prosperous stores that were the heart of the town.

That heart ceased to beat when they were modernised in the 60's and traffic was diverted around them, as out of town outlets have come to dominate shopping habits, many units now sit empty. Today the walkway has a twice weekly farmer/craft market which is probably much busier in seasons other than winter!  Some of the crafters had some very interesting and unusual wares and like other markets we have visited they were ready to chat.


Overnight we have had quite a lot of rain it's refreshed everything except the pens of cattle that are just across the highway from our second camp site. Pooh! We have moved as often the 50% discount is only valid for a couple of days, so we found the next Passport America site; unfortunately it isn't a patch on the first
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