People living in the tiny community of Doņa Ana, north of Las Cruces, thought they'd be living in the United States, because the town was east of the Rio Grande. Those who lived farther south in the community of La Mesilla, west of the Rio Grande, thought that they'd be Mexican citizens. People who chose to live in one country or the other, sometimes moved repeatedly since stories speed through the villages.
In 1850, the first house with a tin roof was built in La Mesilla. Soon after, La Mesilla became the capitol of the Territory. Doņa Ana County's western boundary was the California state line. It was a large area with a sparse population and remained huge until after the Civil War.
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