March 6, 2012
After visiting the Slaughter Ranch, Jim wanted to visit the small town of Douglas for several reasons. First, because when he returned from Panama in 2004 with his friend Bud Kuball, they exited Mexico with their motor homes at this portal. Back in the United States after 343 days.
It was late in the day when we crossed into the town of Agua Prienta. It was closing down and not very exciting compared to the others I’ve visited, but I enjoyed the idea of a sixth border crossing, especially this one that had meaning to Jim. Each crossing has something unique.
In enjoyed the series of ten tile mosaic figures decorating the walls of the portal.
It was a brief stop and back to Douglas a town that never had a major fire and now has 335 buildings on the Historic Register.
One of the old grand hotels still in use is The Gadsden with its sweeping staircase, dark wood, marble columns and mirrored dining room.
We had lunch and wandered around admiring the hotel and later the town.
The beautiful ceiling and chandelier.
Huge stained glass windows.
It’s kind of fun to step back into yesteryear and think the Slaughters must have come here for dinners with friends.
Douglas also has four churches on one block, each taking a corner. This is supposedly the only place in the world where that happens. First there is the Episcopalian Church above.
The Baptist Church.
And the Methodist.
The Catholic Church of The Immaculate Conception dated 1907 is on the next block over and visible from the Presbyterian Church. One can conclude that Douglas is a very devout community.
We walked around the older part of town and saw some of the historic old buildings with their fancy facades and charm.
The VFW we visited a couple of days ago was haunted. Tombstone Cemetery had several wrongful deaths. Many people were hanged in this part of the country.
The Gadsden Hotel is haunted. Hmmm! We must be getting close to meeting a ghost.