I wanted to visit Southwestern New Mexico because it history is directly connected to that of Southern Arizona. No where is this connection more evident than the old town of Mesilla, New Mexico.
At La Placita in Downtown Tucson is a gazebo and a historical plaque that says this is the site of La Plaza de la Mesilla. While few Tucsonans know this, it is an important stop on Southern Arizona Guide's Tucson History & Libation Walking Tour. This plaza, currently being renovated, is sometimes referred to as "Church Plaza" because it was directly in front of Tucson's first Catholic cathedral, The plaza was an important gathering place for locals and was the site of the annual La Fiesta de San Agustin, a rowdy, mostly secular affair. Once Doc Holliday and Big Nose Kate came here to fleece the local gamblers. Read More