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Corralitos Ranch Store
Mesilla Park, New Mexico


Description: Corralitos Ranch Store
Other Names: Corralitas [incorrect spelling] Ranch Store
Address: Corralitos Ranch, Mesilla Park, Dona Ana County, New Mexico
Type: commercial: retail store
Original Client: Dr. John D. McGregor, and J. D. McGregor and Sons, El Paso dealers in lands and cattle
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1927
Condition: not built (?)

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost (?)
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: length 73 feet x width 22 feet

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: tile, plastered
Roofing Materials: composition
Other Materials Used: wood eaves
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner:
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (O-18) 2 tissue plans, including side, front and rear elevations, dated December, 1927
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1) Corralitas [sic] Ranch at Mesilla Sold to McGregors for $100,000; Will Stock It with 5,000 Cows, El Paso Herald, March 29, 1922, Page 14
(2) El Paso Times, August 27, 1941, pages 1 and 6: In 1922, Dr. [John D.]McGregor bought the 250,000 acre Corralitos Ranch at Mesilla, N. M., for a consideration of $100,000 cash and assumption of leases from the state of New Mexico.
(3) Albert E. Sigal, Favorite Auto Tours for the Week End from El Paso to the Great Southwest (El Paso: Albert E. Sigal, 815 Mills Building, 1924), pages 10 and 11 (description and map of the concrete highway between El Paso and Las Cruces); pages 42 and 43 (description and map of the mostly dirt and gravel road between Mesilla Park and Lordsburg, passing through

Remarks: Commission no. 2732

The property was formerly known as the Hall Ranch.The building is a store with living quarters in the rear, and possibly a filling station in the front.

The Corralitos Ranch included 250,000 acres, extending from Mesilla Park to Aden, a distance of 26 miles. Aden is on the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks in the western part of Dona Ana County. At Mesilla Park as 200 acres of irrigated land, including an apple orchard of ten acres, and a $25,000 residence, as well as feeding pens and barns. The Mesilla Park portion of the ranch was right on the concrete highway out of Las Cruces, part of a concrete highway which was being built to connect LasCruces and El Paso, and which was completed by 1924. This highway would have provided a good site for a retail store and filling station to be built on Corralitos Ranch property. However, the building might have been planned for the western portion of the ranch, as the highway in that area, passing through Aden, was improved and began to attract more traffic.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.