Las Cruces

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Second Largest City in New Mexico Oct 25, 2017
Las Cruces is one of my favorite places in Southern New Mexico. I like several of the towns along Interstate 10 and this area; but because of the university and its size; there is much more to do in Las Cruces. Las Cruces is the largest city in Southern New Mexico and the second largest in the state after Albuquerque. Las Cruces has a population of 102,000 (up 37% since 2000) with 9% more females than males; it is part of the Las Cruces-El Paso combined statistical area. The population is also younger and better educated than the average in the state. Las Cruces is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 25, and U.S. Highway 70 and a number of New Mexico Highways. It is 48 miles northwest of El Paso, and 46 miles north of the Mexican border. The usual story for how the town got its name is that the name came from three crosses marking the graves of some bandits killed and buried on a hillside in town. This area was inhabited by pre-historic hunter gatherers, then the Manso People and later the Mescalero Apache. The Las Cruces area was colonized by the Spanish beginning with Juan de Onate in 1598, when he claimed all land north of the Rio Grande for New Spain. Spain controlled the area until 28 September 1821 when Mexico won its independence from Spain. The Republic of Texas also claimed the land, then it became part of the United States after the signing if the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 ending the Mexican-American War. Las Cruces was established the following year in 1849. By 1860, the sleepy little town of Las Cruces was overshadowed by its larger neighbor, Mesilla. However, the residents of Mesilla failed t come to an agreement with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway so in 1881 the trains came to Las Cruces instead. Famed lawman Pat Garrett sometimes worked out of Las Cruces. Las Cruces was incorporated in 1907. Las Cruces is the county seat of Dona Ana County. Las Cruces' economy is aided greatly by the federal government through White Sands Missile Range and the White Sands Test Facility. New Mexico State University was established here in 1888 and greatly influences the economy and the culture of the town. Spaceport America is also just north of town and its parent company Virgin Galactic, has its corporate headquarters here. Virgin is the world's first company to offer sub-orbital spaceflights. Las Cruces is also a place of great natural beauty and is surrounded by the Organ, Dona Ana, and Robledo Mountains. A number of movies were filmed in and around Las Cruces including: The 1969 Clint Eastwood movie "Hang 'em High"; the 1970 movie "Up in the Cellar"; the 1984 movie "Raw Courage"; the 2009 Robert Downey Jr. movie "Due Date" and the movies "Traffic", "Twins" and "The Burning Plain". The pilot for the television show "Canon" was also filmed here. Las Cruces has several fine museums.

Historic areas abound in Las Cruces with 4 districts and 13 individual locations here listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dona Ana County Courthouse
Las Cruces Welcome Center
Alameda Park
Branigan Museum
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TaylorMan TaylorMan
5 reviews
Oct 25, 2007
I will be putting pictures on soon. Las Cruces, New Mexico is one of the most beutiful places I have ever been to! The mountain range known as the Oregan Mountains are breathtaking! It is even better when you hike up the mountains! I can't even begin to describe the place! There is a wide variety of animals here, like mountain lions, cyotes, and Roadrunners. The elevation is around 4500 feet above sealevel, and when you are on the mountains, it is over 5000! But the the small town of Cloudcroft in the mountains near the city of Alomogordo, and the white sands monument, is 8650 feet above sealevel! The white sands national monument is awsome! When you are on the mountains, or in Cloudcroft, it all looks like snow! The pictures that i am puting on are not as good as being there! And the weather is allways good. it does not rain often, and the couds aren't allways out. And you would never know it, but Cloudcroft is also a ski resort! it snow here in the winter! like I said, I will be putting pictures on soon. You should come here yourself. You would love it!
The Oregon Mountains in winter.
The Stahmanns pecan orchards
A view of white sands from cloud c…
Some mountains in Cloud croft

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