|Mexican Military in Palomas Photo Credit Janice Henshaw|
|Statue of Pancho Villa in Palomas Square|
|Tarahumara woman selling her creations in Palomas|
|The Pink Store|
|Lunch Photo Credit Janice Henshaw|
This year we stayed to experience Camp Furlong Days. The annual event promotes friendship and goodwill between the US and Mexico. Residents from both sides of the border join in celebrating. The date of this event is the date Mexico invaded the United States in 1916. This year the Columbus Historical Society honored the 18 US victims of that day with photos on display. There were speakers and vendors and people singing and dancing in the plaza. The most spectacular of all was the parade of riders who had traveled over 150 miles to cross the border to join with riders from the U.S. in a celebration of peace.
|Parade of Mexican riders joined with the US riders|
|Centered in the Village Plaza - dancers, music, arts and crafts and food treats|
|This man is holding a picture of his grandfather who was killed the night of the raid.|
He was born the same date and time of the raid thirty-two years later.
|Sapphire Energy outside of Columbus, NM Click here to read more|
|Loved the food at this little place in Columbus. Manuela, the owner, takes orders, cooks, sometimes serves and somehow squeezes a little time to chat with customers. |
We make so many new friends while traveling and sometimes we're on the same routes and staying at the same campgrounds. We also look up friends from home who are traveling in the South for the winter. It makes traveling so much more fun. We looked up Marlene and Dave Ferguson before they headed back to Michigan and then spent a couple of days doing fun things with Mary Ann and Bob Warner. Of course when we're in Deming we try to look up the Kretek twins who we met through the Warners three years ago. These two women are now in their 80's and have lived in Deming since birth. They are very involved in the community and are very active. If they're not playing golf then they're involved in some fundraiser. They are characters and have some interesting comments on historical events in the area. They definitely don't like Pancho Villa. Their parents lived during the time of the raid and I'm sure they heard many things against him through the years. Also they remember as children the sound of the bomb that was tested in a remote area north of them. It shook their windows but their mom said it was nothing, just go back to bed. Their brother had a paper route and had to go deliver papers and he saw the glow from it. Info on atomic bomb
Regarding the spaceship crash and the aliens, their friends who lived near Roswell saw the army come in and haul something out. The army (government) said it was just a weather balloon but the ranchers say it was a space craft crash and they believe the ranchers and their friends. Info on Alien Spaceship (Gertrude and Geraldine Kretek pictured below)