Mesilla Plaza

2 mi. S of Las Cruces on NM 28, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Photo 

By James W. Rosenthal - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs divisionunder the digital ID hhh.nm0284.This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag i

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Description 

Mesilla was founded in 1848 by the Mexican Government to bring Mexican citizens from terrritory recently ceded to the United States into Mexican domain; by the terms of the Gadsden Purchase Treaty (1851), the town became part of the United States. The town retains the flavor of a Mexican village. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 4, 1961

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000475
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic functions
Religious structure; Business
Current functions
Religious structure; Business
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant years
1853; 1854
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 14

Update Log 

  • May 19, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger

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