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On March 9, 1916, the Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa and his men raided the village of Columbus. During the raid, several buildings were burned and 18 U.S. citizens were killed. Soon after the raid, General John Pershing led the 13th Cavalry on the Punitive Expedition into Mexico in pursuit of Villa.

In 2016, the Village of Columbus will commemorate the 100th anniversary of this historic event.

At 10:00am, March 9, 2016, the Columbus Historical Society will hold a memorial service to remember the citizens who were killed in the raid. A slide show and a walking tour of the village are also planned for that day. Several other activities are in the planning stages, and a schedule will be available in the near future. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact us at