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Columbus in Luna County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Columbus

 
 
Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
1. Columbus Marker
Inscription. Columbus was founded in 1891 as a U.S./Mexico border station but eventually coalesced around the railroad station three miles to the north in 1903. The area’s history is tied to a March 9, 1916, raid on Columbus by Mexican revolutionary leader Francisco “Pancho" Villa. President Woodrow Wilson dispatched General John J. Pershing and 10,000 troops into Mexico to pursue Villa. This punitive expedition ultimately failed.
 
Location. 31° 51.54′ N, 107° 38.957′ W. Marker is in Columbus, New Mexico, in Luna County. Marker is on New Mexico Route 11 at milepost 5.3, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus NM 88029, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 2.2 miles away); In Memory of Citizens Killed / In Memory of Thirteenth Cavalry (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pancho Villa State Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Pancho Villa State Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pancho Villa’s Raid (approx. 2.3 miles away); Last Hostile Action by Foreign Troops
Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
2. Columbus Marker
View south along highway 11.
(approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Columbus (approx. 2.8 miles away); Presidency Building (approx. 5.4 miles away in Mexico). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
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Rear of Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
3. Rear of Columbus Marker
Columbus Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
4. Columbus Railroad Station
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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