Tucson, AZ to Lordsburg, NM
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Day 1: Tucson, Arizona to Lordsburg, New Mexico ( 152 miles)
Lordsburg in New Mexico was our first stop after a 2 hours drive, Bathroom and coffee break. We stopped at the McDonald's right off of I-10. Nice place for a break from Tucson if you are headed to Las Cruces. Located in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, the town has a population of a little over 3,300 residents. It has an impressive history: In the Japanese-American Internment camp operated by the United States Army during World War II, Lordsburg held almost 1,500 Japanese-Americans. On July 27, 1942, shortly after the Lordsburg Internment Camp was opened, Private First Class Clarence Burleson, a sentry at the facility, allegedly shot two Japanese American internees under questionable circumstances. One of the victims, Hirota Isomura, apparently died instantly. The other, Toshiro Kobata, died before dawn. After a military investigation and court-martial, Burleson was found to have lawfully killed the two men. The camp operated until July 1943.The camp at Lordsburg also held captured German and Italian soldiers (Wikipedia.org).