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Historic Town of Mesilla, New Mexico

Mesilla is a small town and agricultural community of just over 2000 inhabitants adjacent to Las Cruces, NM. The town was first settled in the 1840s when the area was still part of Mexico. After the Gadsen Purchase in 1854, which was signed in Mesilla, the community became part of the United States and the territory of New Mexico. Today, while its population is diverse, Mesilla retains its strong Mexican heritage and many of its residents are descendants of the early settlers from Mexico. In New Mexico, while not absent, ethnic divisiveness and anti-immigrant sentiment are much less common than in the neighboring states of Texas and Arizona.

Each year a number of festivals are held in the town plaza including celebrations of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican independence from Spain (1821), Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mariachi Sundays on the Plaza, and a Christmas celebration with luminarias.

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The town of Mesilla's official community web site: http://www.oldmesilla.org/index.html
Angelina
Fighting terrorism since 1492 Mesilla plaza Entrance gate to Josefina's Place
Reynolds/Chavez/Fountain House
Mesilla Plaza in the Fall with St. Albino's church Dancing to Mariachi music Mariachi Sunday on the Plaza Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010)
Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Evening dance at Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010)
Evening dance at Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Evening dance at Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) Evening dance at Mexican Independence Celebration (September 2010) St. Albino's in Mesilla, NM  (rebuilt in early 1900s)
A rare winter day with snow and ice Abandoned adobe house Josefina's after a brief winter snow Historic town of Mesilla, NM
Cinco de Mayo (2010) Cinco de Mayo (2010) Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta (Mexican Independence) Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta (Mexican Independence) Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta (Mexican Independence) Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta (Mexican Independence)
Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta (Mexican Independence) Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
The sacred and the profane Christmas eve
Christmas at Josefina's Christmas luminarias at Josefina's Christmas luminarias Chistmas Eve Singing Christmas Carols
British Car Show British Car Show British Car Show British Car Show British Car Show British Car Show
British Car Show Blue truck under the willow tree Mesilla agriculture -- onion field at the edge of town Mesilla pecan Orchard -- clean up after the harvest Mesilla pecan Orchard -- clean up after the harvest Pecan orchard in dust storm
Pecan orchard in dust storm