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Mesilla

(māsē`yä), town (1990 pop. 1,975), SW N.Mex., on the Rio Grande and near Las Cruces; settled c.1850. The whole Mesilla Valley became part of the United States under the Gadsden Purchase (1853). Mesilla was a central station on the overland mail route. From July, 1861, to Aug., 1862, it was headquarters for Col. John R. Baylor of the Confederate army, who proclaimed Mesilla the capital of the new Confederate territory. A museum commemorates Billy the Kid, who once stood trial there.
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april 28, 1881 Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
After his retirement in 2000, he and his wife, Marguerite Biddle (who preceded him in death), moved to a small house with an adjoining studio in Mesilla, New Mexico. In his last decade, his art was exhibited at more than 200 shows in venues around the world (see www.lazorko.com).
Just south of Mesilla, New Mexico, the world's second largest pecan orchard sprawls over 3,600 acres.