Mesilla History

San Albino Church

For hundreds of years, the Mesilla Valley had been a natural trade route of the Native Americans long before the Spaniards ventured north to colonize northern New Mexico in 1598. It was an important part of the Camino Real (Royal Highway) on the Chihuahua Trail where the Spaniards stopped to rest, pasture their livestock and fill their gourds with water before striking north across the waterless ninety-mile stretch of the Jornada del Muerto (Journey of a Dead Man) from Tonuco Mountain to the river near Fray Cristobal.

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