Columbus (NM) Train Depot Museum

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  1. Jun 30, 2011 #1

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    Thanx, very interesting!
     
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    I saw the car he was assassinated in in Mexico a few years ago. It's still on display. He was quite the character.
     
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    That museum sounds really cool, I have to say! Too bad per googling, that Deming, NM(directly north of Columbus, NM, and has an Amtrak station) does not have a single place to rent a car to travel there, nor does Lordsburg, NM(next Amtrak station just to the west). It looks like you'd either have to hold your breath that Enterprise Rent A Car would drop off a car from their Silver City, NM office(northwest of there) in Deming(and something I'd NOT hold my breath they'd do!), or rent a car somewhere in El Paso, TX(I'd opt for this).

    From looking at a map, you could FOR SURE make a great driving trip of the area north and west of El Paso over on the New Mexico side of the border, easily. I.e. stop at White Sands National Monument(east of Las Cruces, NM), Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces, NM(I'd assume that city would probably be nice, and also it has New Mexico State University), and of course go west to Columbus, NM to visit the Pancho Villa and Railroad Depot Museum.

    Speaking of this area(closer to White Sands NM), is there anything in the nearby town of Alamogordo, NM worth visiting?
     
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    Rent a car in El Paso and make a circle trip.

    Alamogordo isn't worth a look, but I'd suggest you visit Cloudcroft and Ruidoso on the way.

    Both are really nice Mountain Villages which are very busy in the Ski Season and the Summer, but much more laid back in the Spring and Fall, with Cloudcroft much smaller and more geared to year round residents.

    Ruidoso has the famous Quarter Horse Race Track and 2 Casinos( even a Wal-Mart!), with the Native American owned Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort being a nice stop for Lunch,a little Gambling and great scenery.( there's Mountains,a Lake and a nice Golf Course ).

    Las Cruces is a growing University town, but nothing to write home about, but a good pit stop on the way from White Sands to Deming and Columbus.

    The Historic Trinity Site where the first A-Bomb was tested is in the Northern part of White Sands and is open to the Public certain times of the year by pre-arrangement.( it's sort of desolute).

    Be sure and have some New Mexico style Mexican Food ( the Old Village of Mesilla West of downtown Las Cruces is a great place for this) made with Hatch Chilis which are grown North of Las Cruces around the town of Hatch.
     
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    Wow, thanks for all those recommendations! I figured you'd might know some things about this area, since you're from Texas yourself, and probably had done some side trips over to New Mexico. IIRC, I thought I once read a post on this board that said you originally grew up in Alpine, TX? Let me know if I remembered that correctly, or not.

    I will say LOOOOONG ago I went to El Paso with my church on a workcamp trip and spent time just outside Ciudad Juarez, to help with construction of homes in a town across the border from Fabens, TX. Looking it up on google maps, I believe the town was Guadalupe, Mexico, where specifically our church group went to. Also it's too bad Ciudad Juarez has had drug cartel violence issues in recent years, since I remember our group went to a local market there that was extremely nice! And El Paso was a nice city as well, including the fact I remember we ate one day at a Mexican restaurant there with a buffet that was pretty good.

    Hopefully someday, I get back to that part of the world around El Paso, and also into southern New Mexico as well. And as the only time I ever briefly visited New Mexico, was that year when my church group in El Paso(and Guadalupe, Mexico) did a side trip up to Carlsbad, NM, to see Carlsbad Caverns.
     
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    Yep, born in Alpine and used to spend Summers in West Texas with my Grandpa the SP Railroader.

    I've spent lots of time in El Paso, and you're correct it's sad what has happened to Juarez and poor Mexico.

    As for New Mexico, I had an old girl friend that lived in Las Cruces and have visited there many times and have lots of good memories of the "Land of Enchantment!"( Much better motto for the State than "New Mexico USA!")
     
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    Strange that Silver City should have car rentals, but not Deming or Lordsburg. There is a small airport near Silver City, so maybe that's why. Speaking of the Silver City area, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is in that area and I found it worth a visit. Also in the general Silver City area is City of Rocks which is fun to clamor around in. I also like driving the 152-15-35 loop (triangle) between Silver City, the GCDNM, and San Lorenzo. Lots of hiking opportunities and pleasant surprises that I won't tell you about. Just don't take a rental car on any of the dirt roads that go up into the mountains, some of them are quite rough. Ok, I will tell you about one of the pleasant surprises. In Pinos Altos, which is north of Silver City, there is the Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House which is a historic bar (from the 1860s) and now also restaurant where musicians often perform.

    Have fun in southern NM!
     
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