We went into the Elks last night and at that point we weren’t sure if we would be moving on in the morning or not. Several people we talked to encouraged us to take time to visit Old Mesilla. The high winds continued this morning and we decided to stay put for another day and decided to check out Old Mesilla and we’re very glad we did that. It is one of the oldest towns in the area and was once the capital of New Mexico and Arizona.
As documented above, this is the oldest documented brick building in New Mexico.
Billy the Kid was here at one time.
There was even a Civil War battle fought here.
The Elks lodge members encouraged us to have lunch at La Posta in Old Mesilla. I didn’t get any photos of our meals, but the next several photos were taken in the restaurant. Both of our meals were excellent and we can highly recommend it!
The restaurant had bird cages in the entrance. This one is a toucan.
There was this beautiful stained glass artwork behind one of the bars in the restaurant…this one depicting the Butterfield Stage Line which was once had a presence in the building.
The San Albino Church is one of the oldest churches in the Mesilla Valley.
There are several homes in town and this one was surrounded by a natural fence of cactus.
The winds are supposed to be dying down overnight and our plans are to continue on to visit our friends in Roswell tomorrow.