Mesilla, New Mexico
Early History
Founding of Mesilla
Gadsden Purchase
Civil War Period
Lively Social Center
The Rio Grande
The Railroad
Political History
The Plaza
Advent of the Railroad

One of the purposes of the United States in acquiring the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico was to establish a southern railroad route through the area. In 1881, when the Santa Fe Railroad was completed in southern New Mexico, the people of Mesilla did not want the railroad to go through their community.  Routing the railroad through Las Cruces instead of Mesilla contributed to Las Cruces' growth and allowed Mesilla to retain many of its physical characteristics and charm, a tangible reminder of its long and significant past.

history of Mesilla & Las Cruces, New Mexico
Mesilla, New Mexico, USA
Mesilla, New Mexico

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