#100 Dwan Light Sanctuary Public Art Space

Among this area’s many treasures, one jewel shines unlike any other. It’s the Dwan Light Sanctuary, located on the campus of the United World College in Montezuma, NM, just outside…

#73 Giant Cream Puffs Do Exist

Charlie’s Spic & Span Bakery and Café 713 Douglas Ave. Las Vegas New Mexico 505-426-1921 Everybody loves it, and everybody goes there. Charlie’s is a casual, colorful local diner in…

#74 Johnson Flynn Heavyweight Boxing Match 1912

Las Vegas, New Mexico, July 4, 1912 When New Mexico became a state in January of 1912, the law prohibiting prizefights changed overnight. Professional boxing was now legal and there…

#99 All the Pretty Horses, Filmed in Las Vegas, NM

Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz star in this romantic western drama. Locations include the Castaneda Hotel, historic Train Depot, and Murphy’s Drugs (now Community 1st Bank). Fun fact: Penelope Cruz…

#91 Railroad Avenue Las Vegas, NM, Historic District

District Three — Railroad Avenue, Lincoln Park & Douglas-Sixth Street Historic Districts: As the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) Railroad steamed into Las Vegas on July 4, 1879, hundreds…

#5 Paula Angel Hanged Until (Almost) Dead

The only woman ever hanged in New Mexico … twice. It was a crime of passion for which she did not deserve to be executed, her attorney argued. The year…

#20 Fort Union National Monument

150 Years Back In Time, Just 30 Miles Up The Road Ready for a little time travel? Fort Union is an historic treasure, especially for Civil War buffs, history enthusiasts,…

#44 Longmire TV Series Locations

Longmire is a modern Western crime series set in fictional Durant, Wyoming, that originally aired on A&E. Now you can find it on Netflix. It is based on the novels by author…

#41 True Grit (1969)

The picturesque, open range near Las Vegas, NM, was captured in various scenes of the 1969 classic True Grit. The film was directed by Henry Hathaway and starred Kim Darby as…

#93 The Notorious Vicente Silva

Many New Mexican towns have their legendary criminals, but few match the violence and fear gang leader Vicente Silva brought to Las Vegas. In 1893, while burying the body of…

#55 Las Gorras Blancas Fight Back

San Miguel County in the late 1880s was a microcosm of America’s gilded age. Vast personal fortunes were produced at the expense of working class communities.1 When New Mexico became…