Old Mesilla Village, Las Cruces

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A small town of 2,200 people, Old Mesilla Village brings New Mexico history to life. Many current residents are direct descendants of the original settlers, who were a mix of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American. The traditional architecture and adobe-style buildings still line the town's streets. Several families provide guided tours of the town, or you can pick up a brochure at the book center on the Plaza and take a self-guided walking tour of the area. Don't miss the Basilica of San Albino, constructed in 1855 of adobe. The church, which holds services in English and in Spanish, was rebuilt to its current state in 1906. This small town has played a role in many historical events, such as the Gadsden Purchase, the Civil War, and the trial of Billy the Kid--an outlaw of the Old West. Make Old Mesilla Village part of your personalized Las Cruces itinerary using our Las Cruces travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Visited this plaza on my recent trip to Las Cruces, very Spanish looking. There was a Roman Catholic Basilica in the middle of the plaza. Quaint little shops surrounds the village/plaza itself. Not mu...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a very quaint old town with brick streets & lots of history. There's some cute shops & a beautiful church in the plaza. There's several restaurants, wine tasting, & ice cream shop.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    A wonderful place to visit is the old village. From the stage coach stop to the Billy the Kid shop where the courthouse where he was convicted to hang one stood. It is a great place to walk around and...  more »

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