DELVING INTO HISTORY

Buffalo Soldiers Return to Columbus Battle Sites

Historic Black motorcycle group is a force for good

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Returning to the site where their predecessors help defeat Pancho Villa, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of El Paso will visit Columbus on Saturday, March 5. The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of El Paso is a community service group which honors the history of the African American soldiers of the 9th and 10th Calvary. More information on the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club’s many programs can be found at epbsmc.com/home.

Hosted by the Columbus Historical Preservation Commission, the riders’ first stop will be Pancho Villa State Park to give a presentation about the history of buffalo soldiers. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. Pancho Villa State Park requires a $5 parking fee, and there is limited free parking available nearby. The club will then visit the Columbus Train Depot Museum and go on a walking tour of the battle sites. The events will conclude at the partially restored Hoover Hotel, a key location during the fight with Mexican revolutionary forces in 1916.

This is part of a series of events highlighting the Historic Village of Columbus and raising funds for preservation of historic archives and creation of a veterans’ memorial. On March 12, there will be the Binational Friendship Festival which includes over 100 riders on horseback and a celebration of Camp Furlong history at Pancho Villa State Park. The first, third and fourth weekends in March, there will be a flea market at the Plaza Park next to City Hall. More information on these and other events can be found at historicvillageofcolumbus.org.