This documentary film traces the story of Columbus, New Mexico and the people who arrived there in 1891 and constructed a desert community on the border with Mexico. In its first three decades, Columbus built stores, saloons, hotels, a newspaper, schools, and by WWI, over 700 citizens lived in town. During the Mexican Revolution, the town attracted Mexican revolutionaries to its business hub, Pancho Villa attacked and burned Columbus in 1916, and General John J. Pershing mounted his invasion of Mexico from his base of operations at Columbus.
By the 1920s Columbus began a slow decline as the Army and the railroad abandoned the desert town, and the economy faded away over the next eight decades. What happened to the people in Columbus during the declining years? As the community transitioned through depression and wartimes, how did the face of Columbus change during those years? This film will follow that journey of over a century of growth, change, and decay.
Length 71 minutes