A Place as Wild as The West Ever Was:
Mesilla New Mexico 1848-1872

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor: Author of “A Place as Wild as the West Ever Was..

This long-awaited history of early Mesilla is now available to bookstores, libraries and the general public through the NMSU Museum.  Mesilla is the best-known and most visited historical community in Southern New Mexico. Mesilla has had a prominent influence on the historical and cultural life of the Southwest. Mary Daniels Taylor makes this history come alive in A Place As Wild As The West Ever Was: Mesilla, New Mexico 1848-1872. Taylor’s engaging chronicle of her community represents the current movement among historians to focus on the common and routine rhythms of daily life. She provides an expansive panorama into the village past of Mesilla along with an intriguing collection of historical photographs. This book is a delight to read and the result of years of dedication, perseverance, and skilled archival research. It is also, quite simply and not insignificantly, a good read.

The retail price for the book is $19.95  (plus $3.50 shipping and handling if ordered by mail through the Museum).  Mail your check, payable to “Friends of the University Museum” and send to the Museum at NMSU Museum, PO Box 30001, MSC 3564 Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001). You can purchase the book from the Museum, from the University Bookstore (located in Corbett Center on campus), from COAS My Bookstore (located in the downtown mall), or from Bowlin’s Mesilla Book Center (located on the plaza in Mesilla).