December 2014 - Mesilla NM
Unfortunately the church was not open, we were told that it would open at 12:30 but we would be gone by then.
The priest was appointed by the government of Mexico to be Commissioner of Emigration to assist Mexican citizens who wanted to resettle in Mexican territory. It was this band of settlers that arrived west of the Rio Bravo Grande del Norte to establish La Mesilla around 1850.
The settlers soon established a central plaza which included a Catholic church on the south side of the plaza. Constructed of mud and logs, this primitive structure was named San Albino.
It was established by order of the Mexican government in 1851.
In 1906, the present building was constructed on the foundation of the original adobe church.
The bells of San Albino date to the early 1870s.
New Mexico! You cannot beat the incredible skies and lighting.