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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