Las Vegas, New Mexico

Las Vegas, New Mexico is a quiet, historical town.  Not the gambling mecca of Las Vegas, Nevada.  We stayed here, in New Mexico.  I learned more about New Mexico towns and the Mexican influence.

This train engine, built in 1902, was used by the Santa Fe Railroad Company for 51 years.

Love trains

Love trains

It was then given to the city of Las Vegas.  In 1956 it was placed here and the sign says it is on one of the shortest railroads.  I like trains.

The Veterans Park had trees, lots of grass and benches.  This monument is dedicated to all who served, preserving our freedoms.

To the heroes

To the heroes

I, Zeb the duck, like honoring our heroes.

The Mexican heritage of Las Vegas is reflected in the old town plaza.  This is a large plaza, with trees, grass and benches.  We walked to the center of the plaza and the gazebo was very nice.

Gazebos are great

Gazebos are great

Near the gazebo was a plaque about the Santa Fe Trail.  The trail came through Las Vegas.  I saw other sculptures.  This one is by Margarito R. Mondragon and dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrow Parish and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

Sculpture in Las Vegas, NM

Sculpture in Las Vegas, NM

New Mexico Highlands University has been in Las Vegas since 1893.  In 1993 the Centennial Alumni Tower was built.  This tower honors all those that have come through the university in the first 100 years.

New Mexico Highlands Unviersity

New Mexico Highlands University Centennial Alumni Tower

Across from the tower I enjoyed two old churches.  The Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Peace Episcopal – Lutheran Church offer peace and continuity to the city.  For more information on Las Vegas, New Mexico, visit http://www.LasVegasNewMexico.com

While in Las Vegas, we stayed at the #1 Super 8 motel in the World.

WOW!  Best in the World

WOW! Best in the World

This motel was very clean and had colored towels instead of the standard white and lots of food.  The staff treated us like very important and valued friends.  After checking in, we enjoyed the complimentary soup (3 different kinds) and fresh vegetable salad.  Very nice for us after traveling all day.  Breakfast was hot Belgium waffles (in a crock pot so we did not make a mess making them), two hot cereals, cold cereal, sliced fruit, juice, tea and coffee.  The men in the breakfast area offered warm cinnamon rolls (I love these) and eggs either boiled or poached.  These hosts were better than most waiters.  They brought our beverages, cleaned the tables and cooked.  They brought things before we even knew we wanted them.  WOW!  These guys are great.  When you are in Las Vegas stay at this Super 8 Motel.  You will be happy.

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