After leaving Hatch
we headed down the highway towards Las Cruces. But first, we made a side trip to Mesilla. They grow lots of cotton in this area.
We stopped by the remnants of Ft. Selden. Established to protect settlers and travelers from desperados and Apache Indians, Douglas McArthur lived here in the 1880's when his father was stationed at the post.
Soon after the fort, I came upon this sign. I never even knew this place existed.
Here's some more information on the colony.
"The object is...to raise up the children where they shall not witness drunkenness, crime, and profanity; where they may be taught, on the kindergarten system, all kinds of trades and useful occupations, with a time to sing, a time to dance, a time to play, a time to work, and a time to pray. They will be taught the universal brotherhood, and to have faith in Jehovih, their creator; to be non-resistants, to abjure war, to practise the commandments and to do good.... In fact, the plan described in Oahspe, the new Bible, will be carried out." -From the first Convention of Faithists, 1883
Here's what the Colony used to look like.
There wasn't much else to see so we drove on to Las Cruces.
I thought the underpass of the freeway was very pretty.
Las Cruces has lots of really cool decorated water tanks.
We actually did find one letterbox at this railroad station which is now a museum.
Here's the caboose.
I thought this person's transportation was rather unique, a converted hearse.
These were some murals along the roadway.
Aren't the Organ Mountains pretty?
As you can see from the above photo, the sun was setting, so we hurried to the hotel and settled in for the night. Buddha gets worried when he travels so he often chooses to lay on my suitcase.
More to follow...
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