Las Cruces, New Mexico is the county seat of the county of Dona Ana in New Mexico. Its name means "City of the Crosses" and the origin of the name is unknown. The area was originally inhabited by the Manso people, with Apaches living nearby, but was recolonized for Spain in 1598. The area was under Spanish control until 1821, when the first Mexican Empire claimed it. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo put the area under control of the United States government after the Mexican-American war from 1846-1848.
Las Cruces is in a mountainous area, with an elevation of 3,908 feet above sea level. It lies in a subtropical climate area and has vegetation typical to that type of region, such as the creosote tree and tarbush. The demographic of Las Cruces is generally that of middle class families with children, with some single households. The median income for families is $37,670 dollars. The racial makeup of Las Cruces is generally Caucasian, with that race making up 69% of the population. The general population usually sits at around 200,000 people. Las Cruces is rich in culture and history. There are many events and museums that are of tourist interest. Most cultural events take place later in the year. For example, the Whole Enchilada Festival, Las Cruces' most popular festival with a 50,000+ attendance, takes place in late September. The festival is concerned with the making of the world's largest enchilada, which is then served to attendees. One museum is the New Mexico Farm and Heritage Ranch Museum, which shows the history of farming and ranching in New Mexico. One way to find more tourist attractions is to look in the Las Cruces, New Mexico yellow pages. Another way is to look in the Las Cruces, New Mexico business directory.
Las Cruces also is cultivating a new sports team, the Las Cruces Vaqueros. Games will be played at Apodoca Park from May to August. They will be a part of the Continental Baseball League. Las Cruces runs on the charter system of government, with a council-manager form of government. The school system has 36 schools, which encompasses 24 elementary, 7 middle, and 5 high schools. Las Cruces is a vibrant city with much history, past and current. It is an ideal place to visit and even stay.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan