COLUMBUS / PALOMAS   




COLUMBUS / PALOMAS


Columbus is best known as the site of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa's attack on the U.S. garrison in 1916.

Many believe this attack, resulting in the deaths of at least 18 Americans and nearly a hundred Mexican soldiers, was a reaction to U.S. support of Mexican President Carranza, the dictator whom Mexican rebels were fighting.

A museum on the site of the original Camp Furlong documents the history of General Villa's raid and General "Blackjack" Pershing's two-year pursuit of Villa that followed.

Local businesses on both sides of the border hope that tourists continue to seek further details on this history of Villa's raid and to buy souvenirs while they're at it, but border violence, including the murder of the mayor of Palomas in 2009, has kept them at bay.

The Pink Store, one of the most tourist-friendly sites in all Chihuahua, still draws a few tour groups, but proprietor, Ivonne Romero, told us that by 4:00 in the afternoon, the store and restaurant are empty. No one wants to be there after sundown.