“A possibly haunted attractions”
After the Civil War, Mesilla emerged as the commercial, transportation and social center for the region. It attracted legends like Kit Carson and Pancho Villa, promoters like Albert Fountain, gunfighters like Sheriff Pat Garrett and outlaw Billy the Kid, and hustlers like future Langtry, Texas, judge Roy Bean. It staged fandangoes (dances), bullfights, cockfights, theater and some pretty entertaining gunfights.
Mesilla lost its place in the sun in 1881, when the railroad bypassed the village in favor of nearby Las Cruces. Mesilla became the perfect place for a community of ghosts.
Employees talk about the ghosts smashing glasses, moving chairs, opening and closing doors, throwing clocks, chilling the air, exuding sulfur smells, shoving customers. Sometimes, they even scare the dickens out of the caged parrots at the restaurant’s entrance.
Nice cute little town with friendly people and neat shops. A pleasant place to stop and relax.
We always stop here on our travels back and forth across TX. Love the food and atmosphere
Had lunch and it was DELICIOUS!!!
Jail is gone. There is a gift shop full of cheap knick knacks and there is a museum but it is only open by appt only
This was really fun. We didn't find the museum. but the Mesilla square and the surrounding area were very interesting and fun to explore. The shops were also great.
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La Posta de Mesilla & Billy the Kid's jail
- Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Sun, Sat: 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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