An effort is underway to return the Mesilla Park area of Las Cruces to its heyday prominence.
Once a regional hub of activity during the19th and early 20th centuries, Mesilla Park is where students at the then New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts arrived by train and where college professors lived and continue to live.
“Mesilla Park is now on the verge of rediscovering, remaking and revitalizing itself,” said Gregory Z. Smith, District 2 city councillor.
A public meeting to formulate a plan for “branding” Mesilla Park will be held for residents in and around Mesilla Park Wednesday, May 16th, 6:30 p.m. at the Frank O'Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave. The head of NMSU’s history department, Jon Hunner, will attend
“If you live in that neighborhood, own property or a business there, have old photos or stories from the neighborhood, or just want to learn more about this historic part of our community and plans to rebuild its role in our area, please attend the meeting,” Smith said.