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    Space Murals Museum

    by Basaic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just east of town is the Space Murals Museum. They have a variety of displays about the space program and a water tower with lots of nice murals. There is also a small area for the kids to play. Hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday and 9 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. Admission is free.

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    FRHM: The Green Bridge

    by Basaic Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    Another item the museum obtained to try and preserve the area history is "The Green Bridge". This is the oldest steel highway bridge in the state and was erected in 1902 near the town of Roswell (that's before the aliens came to visit).

    Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal use. I got permission to use these photographs.

    "All photographs of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum where taken by me and are used with the permission of and courtesy of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum".

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    FRHM: Dairy Demonstration

    by Basaic Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    I was there at just the right time to watch the milking demonstration in the dairy barn. It began with a film discussing how the dairy industry in New Mexico has grown from a 5 stall barn to the 6th largest operation in the nation. Then they brought in a cow and showed how they are milked now.

    Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal use. I got permission to use these photographs.

    "All photographs of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum where taken by me and are used with the permission of and courtesy of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum".

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    FRHM: Outdoor Displays

    by Basaic Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    In addition to all the indoor displays they have several outdoor displays consisting of buildings set up to resemble a blacksmiths building and others. They also have a large collection of vintage farm and ranch equipment.

    Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal use. I got permission to use these photographs.

    "All photographs of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum where taken by me and are used with the permission of and courtesy of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum".

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    Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

    by Basaic Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    If you only have time to see one museum while visiting Las Cruces, I would recommend the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum on the eastern edge of town. In addition to the expected displays relating to the history of farming and ranching in New Mexico they also have displays about New Mexico from pre-history through the preasent and some rooms dedicated to rotating displays. When I visited they had art from a local artist and a nice military display.

    The building itself looks new and very nice and there is a small cactus garden enhancing the walkway to the building. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Mondau through Saturday and 12PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors (over 60); $2 kids 5 to 17; and free for museum members, kids 4 and under and for all US Veterans.

    Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal use. I got permission to use these photographs.

    "All photographs of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum where taken by me and are used with the permission of and courtesy of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum".

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    FRHM: Indoor Displays

    by Basaic Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    In all the rooms of the indoor displays I think my favorite was the one showing the history of the area from pre-history to the present. They had a very nice replica of an ancient Pit House and a nice mural (that unfortunately is not in chronological order).

    Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal use. I got permission to use these photographs.

    "All photographs of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum where taken by me and are used with the permission of and courtesy of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum".

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    FRHM: Kids

    by Basaic Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    Kids Play Area

    They have not forgotten that lots of people travel with children and they have a play area for them.

    Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal use. I got permission to use these photographs.

    "All photographs of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum where taken by me and are used with the permission of and courtesy of the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum".

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    Airborne Park

    by Basaic Written May 22, 2009

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    The second park is Airborne Park honoring the US Paratroopers. There is a monument set up to honor the men who joined the paratroopers from one neighborhood in Alamogordo. It is believed to be the highest concentration of paratroopers in the nation.

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    Founder's Park

    by Basaic Updated May 22, 2009

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    In addition to the nice museums; the historic districts; and the zoo; there are two parks of note in Alamogordo. Both are located at the corner of 10th Street and White Sands Boulevard which is the main intersection in town. The first one is Founder's Park. This park celebrates the founders of Alamogordo and the cultures that make it what it is today. The park is well presented and has bronze busts and bas-reliefs to show these fouunders and honor the various cultures. They also have a very nice mural. Worth a stop.

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    Flickenger Theater

    by Basaic Updated May 22, 2009

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    Just a short block or two from Historic New York Street is the Flickenger Theater. It is the home of the New Voice Theater, the Alamogordo Music Theater and the Community Tail Gate Concerts. If you find yourself in need of an injection of culture while cruising through southwest New Mexico, stop by.

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    New York Street

    by Basaic Written May 22, 2009

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    the two blocks of Historic New York Street are just a few blocks away from the zoo. The buildings are now mostly occupied by art and antique shops, gift shops and things like that. Some of the buildings are pretty neat to look at.

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    Old Mesilla

    by Basaic Written May 15, 2009

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    The town of Mesilla is located just Southwest of the city of Las Cruces. In the late 1800s Mesilla was the larger more important town but when the railroad was coming through Mesilla opted not to allow the railroad to build a depot here and Las Cruces grew faster than Mesilla. Mesilla is important historically for several reasons. It was an important stop on the Butterfield Stage Line, it was an important part of the purchase of land from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase and it is where "Billy the Kid" was tried and sentenced to death for his activities in the Lincoln County War. The center of the town was the plaza which they have tried to maintain as close as possible to the way it appeared in the 1800s.

    There are several historic buildings in Mesilla including La Posta de Mesilla which was a stop on the Butterfield Stage Line. It is the only building on that stage line that is still in tact and still in use today.

    Mesilla is also home to the newest state park in New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, which just opened in December 2008.

    For more information, see my Mesilla Page.

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    Mesquite Historic District

    by Basaic Written May 15, 2009

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    The older of the two historic districts in Las Cruces is the Mesquite Historic Dstrict which dates from the mid-1800s. Time did not permit me to fully explore either district; but I hope to do so, and expand this tip, in the near future.

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    Alameda Historic District

    by Basaic Written May 15, 2009

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    The Alameda Historic District is one or two such districts in downtown Las Cruces. Time did not permit me to fully explore either district; but I hope to do so, and expand this tip, in the near future.

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    Las Cruces Railroad Museum

    by Basaic Written May 15, 2009

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    A few blocks from the mall is the Las Cruces Railroad Museum. This museum is located in the old Santa Fe Depot built in 1910. The museum has been restored with some of the original items from the depot and has displays about the history of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad’s impact on the Mesilla Valley and Las Cruces. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. When I visited they were having the Railroad Days celebration so there were lots of model train enthusiasts with their trains set up.

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