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Mesquite Historic District Memorial
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Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley is truly the Crossroads of the Southwest, both today and for the past 400 years. In May 1598 Don Juan de Onate passed through the Mesilla Valley in search of the fabled seven cities of gold. His early exploration opened the way from Mexico City to Santa Fe where for the next 245 years tradesman and travelers journeyed along the Camino Real, the Royal Road.
A settlement was established in nearby Dona Ana in 1843, and when it became overcrowded, the mayor asked Lt. Delos Bennett Sackett, the Commander of local U.S. forces, to lay out a town at a designated site a few miles to the south. Lt. Sackett proceeded with orders and used rawhide ropes and stakes to conceptualize what would become residential lots, a plaza and a church in a town known as Las Cruces. You can still visit the original town site in what is now called the Mesquite Historic District. This beautiful Monument of decorative tile work is now standing at the site, designated as the "Mesquite Historic District", the original town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. This is a very old area, a lot of it occupied by families for generations...intermingled with very old historic cemeteries and churches. Las Cruces is rich with exciting and colorful history. Nothing has changed much, it is still colorful, flavorful and a wonderful town to live in....I love it here and enjoy photographing the sites to present to you. Thank you for visiting and please stay and view all my galleries, I add new work daily.
Digital Art Photography of "Mesquite Historic District Memorial" by
March 8th, 2013
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