Columbus in Luna County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Last Hostile Action by Foreign Troops
Led by General Francisco (Pancho) Villa, insurgent Mexican forces on the night of March 9, 1916 raided camp Furlong a United States army cantonment, and the nearby town of Columbus. Several people were killed, many others were wounded and numerous buildings and tents were burned. The underlying motive of the raid is still a dispute among survivors and historians.
Six days later United States punitive forces under General John J. (Black Jack) Pershing entered Mexico and pursued Pancho Villa and his band without success.
In recognition of the subsequent, long continued, friendly relations of the two countries the New Mexico State Legislature in 1959 designated this site as a State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is March 9, 1888.
Location. 31° 49.558′ N, 107° 38.469′ W. Marker is in Columbus, New Mexico, in Luna County. Marker is located at Pancho Villa State Park, just south of NM Highway 9. 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 Pancho Villa State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Pancho Villa State Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pancho Villa’s Raid (about 500 feet away); In Memory of Citizens Killed / In Memory of Thirteenth Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Aero Squadron Airfield (approx. ¼ mile away); Columbus (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Columbus (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
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