Las Cruces is situated in the southern part of New Mexico and is the seat of Doña Ana county. Las Cruces is situated along the Rio Grande, approximately 38 miles northwest from El Paso, Texas. The city was established after the Mexico-American War, where there are many theories as to how the town was named; however, there was none that was verified to be true. It was popularly thought that the name was taken and was suggested that crude wooden crosses were erected to mark the names of the graves of the soldiers and the travelers who had died either from the war or while traversing the area. Thus, the name Las Cruces came into view. There were fields of cotton and pecans that were grown in the area and which is also flooded by the Elephant Butte Dam. By the end of the 1990s, the city was named as one of the fastest-growing cities in the western part of the country.
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