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Property Name Mesilla Park Historic District
Reference Number 16000161
State New Mexico
County Dona Ana
Town Las Cruces
Street Address Bounded by Bowman Street, Union and University avenues, and Park Drain
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 4/12/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture, Community Planning and Development, Commerce, Industry
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000161.pdf
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The Mesilla Park Historic District is significant at the local level under National Register Criterion C in the area of architecture because the commercial, industrial, residential, and community landmark buildings are representative of architectural styles and types built in New Mexico towns from the end of the 19th century through the middle of the 20th century. The Mesilla Park Historic District is significant at the local level under National Register Criterion A in the area of community planning and development because Mesilla Park, which is among the first suburbs of Las Cruces, developed as a complete town with commercial, industrial, and residential areas, all organized along the AT&SF rail line that runs alongside Main Street. The Mesilla Park Historic District is significant at the local level under National Register Criterion A in the area of commerce because the commercial strip represents the efforts by business persons to provide basic goods and services for the residents of Mesilla Park. The Mesilla Park Historic District is significant at the local level under National Register Criterion A in the area of industry because the community served as a regional freight distribution point for local businesses, farmers, and ranchers.

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