Columbus, New Mexico is a small border town with about 2,000 permanent residents.
Located in a high desert valley, between the Florida and Tres Hermanas mountain ranges, Columbus is only 3 miles from Palomas, Mexico. Mom and I have been here 3 times, usually looking for warmer weather for a couple days. Columbus is small and not a touristy town. The first time mom and I arrived, it was night and we were lucky to find a motel. Our cell phone did not have service, (that was 2013) so we went to the gas station to call the motel owner to come rent us a room.
We stayed here at Hacinda de Villa Motel. Not fancy, but the room was large and very clean. The people here were very friendly. We went to the train station, now a museum.
The museum is interesting, and shows the history of Columbus. This time we noticed a new sign.
This lady, Susan Parks, was a real hero. During the attack by Pancho Villa, she called nearby Deming, NM for help. While the bullets were flying, she placed her young child on the floor, under a desk, and continued calling for help. The soldiers from Deming did arrive and the attack was over quickly. I’ll tell you more about this battle next time. The train was important in earlier days, but it is not running now. The train station was converted into the museum, and the post office.
We enjoyed wandering around outside. There were train cars.
Also a few pieces of old railroad equipment.
This classic old car.
and old farm equipment.
Each time we visited this museum, there have been very few other people. The people inside are so knowlegable and so nice. Here is the safe from the bank.
During the Pancho Villa attack, the safe was shot. The bullet hole is marked. What a great museum. Columbus had rich mineral deposits. Miners found silver, copper, lead and zinc here. There is not much mining in Columbus now. We like this small church.
It is Holy Family Church.
We admired the church bell, on its own post. Columbus is not a tourist destination, but if you go, wander around town and you will find several little pieces of history, and very friendly people. It is a nice change from the busy lives we all live.