CCHP – Las Vegas Citizen’s Committee for Historic Preservation, 116 Bridge Street, (505) 425-8803, Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center. Permanent and Special Exhibits on Las Vegas History and the Santa Fe Trail. Research library and photo archives. Lectures and programs on local history. Self-guided walking tour brochures. Check www.lasvegasnmcchp.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for special events.
City of Las Vegas Museum, Rough Rider Memorial Collection, 727 Grand Avenue (505) 454-1401, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Unemployed laborers built this 1935 WPA building from locally quarried sandstone, in Spanish Pueblo Revival style. The museum serves various aspects of Las Vegas history. Several galleries illustrate daily life in and around Las Vegas for over 100 years, and the city’s transition from early settlement to thriving mercantile and cultural center. A large collection of U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment artifacts is on display, and an archive detailing the lives of the Rough Riders. There are displays of Native American artifacts dating back over 150 years. The museum also sells regional history books.
Carnegie Public Library 500 East National Ave, Las Vegas, NM One of the original Carnegie Libraries from 1904, still used as a library right in the heart of Las Vegas.
Fort Union National Monument Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. A Fort For a Young America: Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe ruins of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.
Pecos National Historic Park (505) 757-6121 In the midst of piñon, juniper, and ponderosa pine woodlands in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains not far from Santa Fe, the remains of an Indian pueblo stand as a meaningful reminder of a people who once prevailed here. Now a national historical park demonstrates to modern visitors the cultural exchange and geographic facets central to the rich history of the Pecos Valley.
Cleveland Roller Mill Museum 575-387-2645 Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day Weekend: 10am to 3pm weekends only. Admission is Free except during the Millfest on Labor Day Weekend. The Cleveland Roller Mill Museum is located in a flour mill built at the end of the 19th century and operated until the early 1940’s in the beautiful Mora Valley in northeastern New Mexico. The mill’s machinery remains intact and has been restored significantly to the point that it can be operated for demonstration purposes. The museum preserves the history of milling in northeastern New Mexico through photographs, documents and physical exhibits and makes this unique history available to all who wish to see it.
Victory Ranch 575 387 2254 Open Daily 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed 1/1-3/15 Educational feeding tours daily at 11, 1, & 3 Nestled in the pristine Mora Valley, Victory Ranch’s 1000 acres is home to hundreds of happy alpacas, 10 sweet llamas, 2 hilarious pigs, 1 miniature stallion named Elvis, 6 “big” and beautiful horses, 5 incredible Great Pyrenees guard dogs, AND, Victory Ranch Store is the largest alpaca yarn retailer in the U.S.! The 3000 sq ft store is filled with all things alpaca (socks, hats, blankets, sweaters,…) along with many locally made treasures. Victory Ranch is dedicated to a holistic, organic, and sustainable approach to their land and all of the animals who call this ranch their home.