“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mesilla in Dona Ana County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Plaza de Mesilla

Plaza de Mesilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 12, 2008
1. Plaza de Mesilla Marker
Conservation made possible by grants from
United States Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration
New Mexico
American Revolution Bicentennial Commission
and by matching funds from the
Town of Mesilla
and individual contributions

Erected 1977.
Location. 32° 16.447′ N, 106° 47.715′ W. Marker is in Mesilla, New Mexico, in Dona Ana County. Marker is on Calle de Parian, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mesilla NM 88046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gadsden Purchase Celebration (here, next to this marker); Head Quarters, Dept. of New Mexico (here, next to this marker); All Servicemen and Women (here, next to this marker); Butterfield Overland Trail (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Battle of Mesilla & Major Lynde's Retreat
Mesilla Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo
2. Mesilla Plaza
has been designated a
Registered National Historic Landmark
Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States.
U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1962.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Doa Ana County Courthouse and Jail (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Billy the Kid (within shouting distance of this marker); La Mesilla (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesilla.
More about this marker. One of five plaques mounted on a monument in Mesilla's town square.
Additional comments.
1. The Town of Le Mesilla
Founded in 1853, the historic town of La Mesilla was originally located in Mexico and became part of the United States after the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. The town became a stop on the Butterfield Overland mail route, which linked St. Louis and San Francisco. It lost its prominence when bypassed by the railroad in 1881. Today, the historic La Mesilla plaza welcomes trail travelers to enjoy its
The marker and flags image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 12, 2008
3. The marker and flags
hospitality and culture.
    — Submitted April 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

Categories. Notable Places
The monument image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 12, 2008
4. The monument
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,443 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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