Mesilla, New Mexico: Relics of the Hermit of La Cueva

The few surviving possessions of the Hermit are on display in the Gadsen Museum.

Gadsden Museum

1875 Boutz Rd, Mesilla, NM
Gadsden Museum. I-10 exit 140. Drive south on Hwy 28/Avineda de Mesilla into town, then turn left onto Boutz Rd.
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The Hermit of La Cueva

Here in Las Cruces, NM, we have a nifty spot. In Mesilla (which is a small town that is just west of us, but is connected like a suburb), there is the Gadsen Museum, which contains a barber shop chair that Pat Garret was in during an assassination attempt, the jail door from the cell Billy the Kid escaped from, and a few things belonging to "The Hermit of La Cueva".

The Hermit was a nobleman who decided to live in a cave outside of town during the 1800's, I believe. One night he was found murdered in his "residence" quite brutally, and the murder was never solved. It's a neat tale.

I think the tour costs $3 and last about an hour. It's right by the Plaza too, so close to all sorts of touristy crap that people like to buy (t-shirts, mugs, keychains, kachinas, etc).

[Kris Punke, 07/02/2001]

Crap? What do you mean?

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