Mesilla is border town with wild west history
Along the 245-mile route from Fort Davis, TX to Las Cruses, NM, our camping destination for tonight, we drove through hundreds of acres of pecan orchards, passed a tethered Aerostat Radar System Balloon and saw glimpses of the Rio Grande River.
Mid-day traffic was heavy driving through downtown El Paso on Interstate 10 but we arrived without incident at Las Cruces KOA west of town. The campground is high above the city, making for interesting nighttime views from our site.
We had dinner at LaPosta, a one-time cantina in historic old Mesilla frequented by the famous outlaw Billy the Kid. Other well-known personalities to visit the border town included Pat Garrett and Pancho Villa. The cantina was a stop on the old Butterfield Stage Coach Line which ran from St. Louis to San Francisco. Across the street from the restaurant is the Billy The Kid Gift Store, the former Mesilla Jail, which housed Billy the Kid after his capture and before his extradition to Lincoln, NM.
LaPosta was featured in a USA Today newspaper
Billy the Kid was jailed in this building briefly while awaiting extradition to another town where he was charged with murder.
story as one of the top ten Mexican restaurants in the country.
This huge tethered Aerostat radar balloon was anchored at a base outside Marfa on Highway 90.
Like most small towns in the southwest, Mesilla town square is surrounded by shops and restaurants. We bought fresh harvested pecans, grown in a nearby orchard, from one local store.
We took an early morning hike through Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, some of which borders on the Rio Grande River and later in the afternoon, enjoyed a visit with campground neighbors from Maine who had wintered in California and were heading east.
For those following this blog, the air conditioner is still ailing and yesterday, the roof air in the RV quit working.
Town square in Mesilla, NM.
We decided to end the trip and head home for repairs, over-nighting in Fort Stockton and Leander, TX; Scott, LA; and Marianne, FL,
The entire trip from North Florida covered 4,053 miles and covered 28 days.
Overlooking Las Cruces, NM from the KOA Campground.