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

Columbus

 
 
Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1916.
 
Location. 31° 51.54′ N, 107° 38.957′ W. Marker is in Columbus, New Mexico, in Luna County. Marker is on State Road 11 at milepost 5.3, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus NM 88029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Aero Squadron Airfield (approx. 2.2 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 2.2 miles away); United States Custom House
Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
2. Columbus Marker
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(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 (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Rear of Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
3. Rear of Columbus Marker
Columbus Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 3, 2010
4. Columbus Railroad Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 615 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022