In 1849 the first blocks of the city were laid out with rawhide ropes and stakes. Plots were quickly claimed by settlers and gold miners hoping to find their fortune in the Organ Mountains. The coming of the railroad increased growth of the town quickly. The Santa Fe Railroad had planned to lay track through Mesilla, which had been a depot of the Butterfield Stage Coach, but someone in Las Cruces offered them free land. From then on, Las Cruces grew rapidly while Mesilla remained a sleepy little border town.
Las Cruces continued to grow quickly yet rather quietly into the 1900s as New Mexico became the
47th state in 1912. The quiet was suddenly disturbed when the first atomic bomb was tested north of Las Cruces on July 16, 1945. The area used for the test site, fittingly, was the Jornado del Muerto area. The following year World War II ended and Las Cruces was officially incorporated as a city.
Today, Las Cruces remains one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation, and the second largest city in New Mexico. In addition to thriving business in trade, government, and agriculture, the unique and stunning scenery of the region has made it an attractive place to film movies and music videos. Las Cruces celebrated its 150th birthday in 1998 with festivities that carried on into the millennium. It remains a true crossroads, not only of highways but of cultures and customs, which blend together amiably to become a very pleasant place to live.
- Downtown Las Cruces
- NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
- Barnett Harley Davidson Showroom
- Historic Old Mesilla
- Fort Seldon (13 miles)
- Organ Mountains (20 miles)
- Dripping Springs Picnic area and hiking trail (20 miles)
- NASA Test Facility (40 miles)
- White Sands Nation Monument (45 miles)
- Spaceport America
- El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico: (45 minute drive south along I-10)
- City of Rocks: (50 miles west along I-10 to Deming – turn northwest for 20 miles to
- Fort Seldon: 13 miles north of Las Cruces at Exit 19 off Interstate 25. This fort was established in 1865 by the US Government to house Infantry and Calvary.
- Spaceport America is located approximately 45 minutes north of Las Cruces on
- Pancake Alley Diner – 2144 Picacho, Las Cruces, NM – 0.4mi
- Sonic Drive In – 1603 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, NM – 3.2mi
- Cracker Barrel – 1490 Hickory Drive, Las Cruces, NM – 2.5mi
- Ranchway BBQ and Mexican Food, 604 North Valley Drive, Las Cruces, NM 1.0mi
- La Posta de Mesilla – 2410 Calle De San Albino, Mesilla, NM – 3.4mi
- Golden Corral – 601 South Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM – 4.6mi
- Dynasty Chinese Restaurant – 1210 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, NM – 2.8mi
- Texas Roadhouse – 2200 E. Lohman Ave, Suite 400 Las Cruces, NM – 3.8mi
- Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood – 790 South Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM – 4.8mi
- Starbucks – 1500 South Valley Drive, Las Cruces, NM – 2.4mi
- French (Le Rendez-Vous Cafe) – 2701 West Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM – 0.6mi
- Los Mariachi – 754 Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM – 0.7mi
- Restaurant 88 – 1275 S. Solano, Las Cruces, NM – 3.7mi
- International Delights Cafe, 1245 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, NM – 2.9mi
- Zeffiro Pizzeria Napoletana, 136 South Water Street, Las Cruces, NM – 2.1mi
- Check Cab Company +1 575-541-1111
- Las Cruces Shuttle & Taxi +1 575-525-1784
City of Las Cruces, Dial-A-Ride
Dial-A-Ride is a complementary paratransit service offered by the City of Las Cruces. Dial-A-Ride provides curb-to-curb on-demand transportation service to senior citizens and qualified individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Dial-A-Ride vehicles are wheelchair accessible and are operated by special trained drivers.
Phone: +1 575-541-2777