Day 1: A Motel and a Great Meal

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New Mexico Welcome Center in Lordsburg

I like Lordsburg, despite the fact it appears to be dying.  There are a few decent motels here and a great restaurant.  It is a pretty easy drive from my home.  Lordsburg tends to be overlooked as there are other towns along Interstate 10 in New Mexico that are better known (e.g. Deming and Las Cruces); but I like Lordsburg too. Lordsburg is a decent sized town of 2400 (down over 30% since 2000) located at Exits 20 and 22 of Interstate 10 in Hidalgo County in Southwest New Mexico. One look at the downtown area and it appears Lordsburg is on the decline. The Butterfield Overland Mail Company followed a trail through what is now the town of Lordsburg. Lordsburg was established in 1880 along the route of the Southern Pacific Railroad which followed the old stage/mail route, and was named for Delbert Lord an engineer with the Southern Pacific. Lordsburg had the first airport in the state. In 1927, Charles Lindberg landed the famed "Spirit of St. Louis" here. Lordsburg catered to travelers along the Old Spanish Trail highway, which later became U. S. Highway 80, and then Interstate 10. The official state song of New Mexico, O Fair New Mexico, was written by Lordsburg resident Elizabeth Garrett daughter of famed sheriff Pat Garrett. John Philip Sousa wrote the music for the song which embraces the musical story of those who gave New Mexico the unique flavor the state has today, the Indians, the Cavalry, the Spanish and the Mexicans. Lordsburg had an internment camp on the outskirts of town that held 1500 Japanese Americans along with German and Italian prisoners of war. In July 1942, Private First Class Charles Burleson, a sentry at the facility, shot two Japanese American internees under questionable circumstances. After a military investigation, and a trial under court-martial, the killings were judged legal. An episode of the popular television show "Hawaii 5-0" was inspired by the event. In 1883, near Lordsburg, there was a famous incident when Judge H. C. McComas and his wife were killed and their 6 year-old son was taken captive by a band of the Chiricahua Apache. This led to a number of attempts by the US Army to locate and rescue the son, and added to the animosity late in the wars with the Apache. Lordsburg has been the county seat of Hidalgo County since 1919. Hidalgo County was established in 1920, and was named for Hidalgo, Mexico where the Treaty of Hidalgo Guadalupe was signed. That Hidalgo was named for Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo who is the father of Mexican Independence. 

Lordsburg has a nice Veteran's Park on the south side on town on the way to Shakespeare Ghost Town. It has some military items on display and some picnic areas. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and their contributions to our freedom and our way of life. There are three individual locations in Lordsburg listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Here, again is a link to the great restaurant.

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