Camp Furlong Day event and Cabalgata Binacional

Pancho Villa State Park will host its 14th Annual Camp Furlong Day event on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the park’s exhibit hall with three special guest speakers providing historical presentations & slide-shows.

1:00 p.m., U.S. Army historian Dr. Robert Bouilly will provide a pictorial history of the Camp at Columbus/Camp Furlong from 1908 to its close in 1924. These historic photos will bring the story of the U.S. military camp in Columbus to life.

2:00 p.m., the President of the 1st Aero Squadron Foundation, Ric Lambart, will give a presentation and slide-show about the “re-birth” of American civil aviation in 1917.

3:00 p.m., Mr. Florian L. Waitl is a military historian and leadership development specialist with Human Dimension Leadership Consulting (HDLC) based out of Kansas City, Missouri. He will discuss some of the timeless leadership lessons and insights that can be gained from the study of Pancho Villa’s Raid on Columbus and the subsequent “Punitive Expedition” into Mexico.

At Pancho Villa State Park, regular day-use and camping fees apply.  For more information about Camp Furlong Day, call 575-531-2711, or visit

The Village of Columbus Chamber of Commerce will welcome the annual Cabalgata Binacional into the village plaza at around 11:00 a.m.  Riders on horseback from Mexico will cross into the United States at Palomas, Mexico and join with riders from the U.S. to make the three-mile trek to Columbus as a gesture of peace and goodwill between the two nations.  Folklorico Fuego De Phoenix dancers and Mariachi Encanto will entertain in the village plaza. For more information about the Cabalgata Binacional and plaza events, please contact 575-343-0147.

How to get there:  From Deming, head south on Hwy 11 for 30 miles to the intersection of Hwys 9 and 11.  From El Paso, take the Artcraft Road exit off I-10 to Hwy 9.  Head west on Hwy 9 for 75 miles to Columbus.  All the day’s activities will be within easy walking distance from the intersection of Hwys 9 and 11.

On Thursday, March 9, the Columbus Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Service at the Depot Museum at 10 a.m. in remembrance of the Americans whose lives were lost during the 1916 raid on Columbus.  For info call 575-531-2620.