My campsite at Storrie Lake state Park, Las Vegas New Mexico.
I've stopped in Las Vegas New Mexico for a few days. The weather's pretty comfortable here and Storrie Lake state Park where I'm staying is only $14 a night with electric hookups, I could boondock here for $10 a night but sometimes having real electricity is fun because I can run my electric heater and save on propane, and use my toaster oven to bake a potato or cook a pizza. And unlike Colorado State Parks the $14 fee includes entrance to the park.
Storrie Lake state Park is only 5 minutes from a Walmart and 10 minutes from downtown Las Vegas. Which is a very old and quaint town with many historic buildings.
Now this Las Vegas should not be confused with that other Las Vegas whose sole claim to fame is that you can gamble there.... Big deal ! This Las Vegas is the actual important Las Vegas, because in this Las Vegas events took place that drastically changed North America forever and caused events that are still being debated, discussed, and argued about even today.
In this Las Vegas in 1846 Gen. Stephen Kearny stood in the town square and declared that all the lands that Mexico had claimed from Texas to California were now territories of the United States government and all people in that vast area could have no further allegiance to the government of Mexico. And he and his army were there to make it so.
And even though it was not easy, and there was still some fighting ahead, he did "make it so". And the whole thing ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo which basically said the Americans would keep all the land starting with Texas and ending with California and pay the Mexican government $15,000,000. And even though now the average Hollywood movie star lives in a house that cost that much, back in the day that was some real money.
In fairness to the people living in that huge area they were given the choice of relocating South of the new border or staying where they were, keeping their homes and land and becoming Americans, needless to say over 90% of them stayed in America.
So if you're ever driving down I 25 in New Mexico and you see a sign that says Las Vegas ahead, get off the highway and go into the town plaza and you can stand in the very spot that changed the world.
Old buildings at the town plaza Las Vegas New Mexico
Store at the town plaza Las Vegas New Mexico
Old hotel at the town plaza Las Vegas New Mexico
Famous Plaza Hotel at the town plaza Las Vegas New Mexico. Teddy Roosevelt stayed here on his way to Mexico to fight in the Mexican-American war.
Old building at the Las Vegas Plaza. Gen. Stephen Kearny stood on top of this building in 1846 and read a proclamation to the citizens of Las Vegas stating that this was now American land. Fortunately there was a realtor nearby who did a closing on the land deal in less than 30 days