Across Highway 11 from the Columbus Historical Museum you’ll find Pancho Villa State Park which has extensive historical exhibits depicting the raid and the U.S. Army’s subsequent “Punitive Expedition” into Mexico. The displays are housed in a 7,000-square-foot exhibit hall.
The park is located on the grounds of the former Camp Furlong. Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing launched 10,000 troops on an 11-month, 500-mile pursuit of Villa from Camp Furlong. The exhibit hall tells the story that begins with the 1910 Mexican Revolution and ends with Pershing’s command of the Allied Forces when the U.S. entered World War I.
The exhibit hall contains a full-size replica Curtiss JN-3 “Jenny” airplane used by the 1st Aero Squadron; a 1916 Dodge touring car, the type used by Pershing for a field office; historic artifacts; military weapons and ribbons. An armored tank stands as a sentinel outside the facility.
The park includes several buildings that date from the time of Villa’s raid: the 1902 former U.S. Customs House, two adobe structures dating from the Camp Furlong era and Camp Furlong Recreation Hall.
Address: At the intersection of State Routes 9 and 11, Columbus, NM 88029
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.