The Columbus Railroad Depot Museum was the railroad depot at the time of the March 9th, 1916 Pancho Villa raid and was one of the principal targets. The Villistas wanted loot, money and goods to help finance their war against the Nationalist Army. Shots were fired at the depot, which was closed for the night. The only real casualty at the depot was a wall clock that stopped when it was hit by a bullet and recorded the time of the start of the raid. Watch the videos that were made about Pancho Villa and his raid. Examine the artifacts of the soldiers stationed here for the failed punitive expedition to capture Villa, and imagine spending a winter chasing after a bandit at high altitudes in the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico. Look at the display of weapons that were used on both sides. We also have a copy of Pancho Villa’s death mask. Other rooms in the depot will give you an idea of life on the frontier around the turn of the century. Costumes and implements fill the walls and display cases. We even have some railroad memorabilia. In May of 2000, a painting of our entire air force of early 1916 was unveiled in town. Three days later the painting was presented to the Pentagon in Washington, DC. We are proud to offer signed and numbered prints for sale. Columbus is located three miles from the Mexican border and is the only crossing point in New Mexico that is open 24 hours a day. When you visit, be sure to sign our guest book. Our phone number is 505-531-2620.