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Double Eagle Restaurant

Old Mesilla, New Mexico
By Robin Wright

The 150 year-old building that houses the Double Eagle Restaurant has an illustrious history. It was where the treaty that ended the Mexican-American war in 1848 was signed, where Billy the Kid was incarcerated, and where the lovers Armando and Inez lived, died, and haunt to this day.

The legend says that the wealthy Maes or Maese family came to Mesilla during the Mexican-American War from Santa Fe. The Senora, Carlota, of the household had great plans for the family. Easily the richest family in the area, she wanted to use her eldest son, Armando, as a pawn to increase the family’s name, wealth and connections. She had already promised his hand to an aristocratic family in Mexico City. Armando, however, did not have the same lust for power as his mother. In fact, he was the type who let his heart lead him, and it did, straight into the servant Inez’s arms. It is written that Inez was a beautiful girl, with long dark hair that reached to her waist. They tried to keep their love a secret, but were not very good at hiding it. Soon, the servants were aware of the budding romance. Knowing the Senora’s lofty plans for her son and feeling no real love for her snobbish attitude, they worked at keeping it a secret. As the story of the lovers leaked out into the town, the other inhabitants of Mesilla also worked at protecting the young lovers and keeping the tryst from the Senora’s eyes.

The Senora finally noticed that the relationship between her son and servant was more than it should be, and there was an argument between them that ended with Inez being kicked out of the house. Soon after, the Senora returned early from a trip. Noticing the way the servants were flustered and unclear about Armandoâ??s presence, she went to his room to find him. It was there she caught the two in an illicit embrace. She stumbled backward from shock and anger, knocking over her sewing basket that had been sitting on the patio. She lifted the shears and headed for Inez and Armando, who were getting dressed.

And here is where the most common versions of the lovers’ plight diverge…

Some say Senora Carlota stabbed Inez in the chest, and when Armando flew between them to defend his love, the Senora stabbed him in the back. Inez died in Armando’s arms. Armando collapsed, smiling. He died three days later, never having regained consciousness.

But another version of the stabbing tells it differently…

As Carlota’s scissors slashed down on the frightened Inez, Armando got in her way and took a fatal wound. Inez ran away, not being seen for more than a year. Then one evening Inez returned to Mesilla, disguised. Perhaps she was careless, perhaps she seemed suspicious, but she was recognized by a cowboy whoâ??d been drinking his pay away. A confrontation occurred and the cowboy drew his gun. No one can be sure if he intended to shoot the prodigal Inez, but she suffered a gunshot. Locals (supposedly unable to see past her disguise) took her to the Maese house and laid her in Carlota’s bed. It was there that some say Inez finally died.

The Senora became bitter and supposedly never said another word after the tragic loss of her young son, Armando.

The house itself was either a private residence or intermittently abandoned until 1972. Since opening to the public, many have described strange happenings. The ghosts seem to haunt the Carlotta Salon, which was once Armando’s room. They seem to be pranksters; moving furniture, breaking glasses, whispering names, and even the faint perfume of lavender has been reported. Full-bodied entities have been seen wandering the home by employees. Two newly upholstered chairs in the Salon mysteriously show signs of wear in the cut velvet.

The Double Eagle has been investigated by the Southwest Ghost Hunters Association. They documented some high electromagnetic readings in areas that have no wiring to cause such readings. Others who have done investigations have seen a French baccarat chandelier measuring seven feet by three feet, containing more than 1000 hand-cut glass crystals, weighing over a hundred pounds, and spinning. There is also a painting in the hallway that seems to have a “ghost” in its image. It seems that the house may have its own history, the antiques that fill the building have brought their own “memories” as well.

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Hot suace says:

December 18, 2008, 4:59 pm

Scary kinda

lives in las cruces says:

January 9, 2009, 3:51 pm

this is totally true, i have friends that work at the Double Eagle and have seen things, i have been there many times for diner or drinks and when you even walk by the carlotta room you feel something creepy!

morreen says:

March 26, 2009, 6:44 pm

my house is haunted a night you hear people walking up and down the hall way and they right on the window and you here your name being called out of nowere and i live in rome city and my cuzs house you here a little boy call “i got it” when the phone ring and the printer prints by its slef and his mom seem the littel boy at the end of the bed but thought it was her son she said the boy was to be of about 12 yaes old and they live just a little way from me. scary

shanpink says:

May 4, 2009, 3:39 am

i know this is real because my sister lives by new mexico and saw every thing.

louise says:

May 4, 2009, 3:43 am

this is a load of bull**** i hate this website take me off of it. it is worse than hannah balloni

heidi says:

August 10, 2009, 1:17 pm

my parent said that it has alwys been haunted then me and my friends 1 day decided that we would walk by it it around closing and we saw doors opening doors closing it was freaky

nick colello says:

September 13, 2009, 9:30 pm

im gonna do some research on this stabbing situation what realy happened

well... says:

October 26, 2009, 12:03 pm

this is pretty cool i went there once and i took pics with my fam and friends and we saw the ghost in the back it was scary but i had fun 😀

sinister says:

January 19, 2010, 1:53 pm

O M G I have been here at night and when I went inside and sat my pocket knife and flashlight on the table the light came on and bothe the light and the knife pointed at me and I saw breath in the cold air about the height a person’s nose and mouth would have been. We got out of there and went back the next morning in the daylight and I got my flashlight which strangley was turned off and my knife was there on the table with the blade open and “go” carved in the table. My heart has never beaten as fast as it did that moment and as we gathered the knife and light to run out I swear a deep laugh rumbled through chasing us out of the old building,out the front door, and out farther as we ran, as if to both scare and warn us that theses powers we do not understand are not ousr to tamper with.

ana says:

May 24, 2010, 4:36 am

I was there today for brunch and walked into the carlotta room, but didn’t see anything unusual.

meera says:

June 29, 2010, 4:45 am

i am from maldives i even once went there but i felt creepy

lilsip, gigglez says:

July 13, 2010, 10:26 pm

Me and one of my friends went to the restaurant she felt a cold breeze come up her back even though it was warm out side.
lilsip-we went to the kitchen and we saw something in the corner we thought it was our shadows but oddly there was only one,we then saw it pointing at us, suddenly as i remember it said “Leave!” at that point we ran out the door screaming.

luci says:

July 17, 2010, 7:21 pm

this place is soooooooooooooo fak this never ever happend

Tiffany says:

August 29, 2010, 2:58 pm

Omg I have been there and I ALMOST GOT KILLED! D: I went inside bcuz my friends mom asked me to hav dinner with her and my frnd and then my frnd and her mom went to the kitchen to get more mashed potatoes and so i sat in the dining room in that house ALONE. i was FREAKEN SCARED. i heard this random footstrp and i looked behind me and there WAS A KNIFE COMING STRAIGHT AT ME SUPER FAST. i ducked down and it hit the wall. the when i thought nothing else could go bad i went to the kicthen to see what was taking so long and THAY WEREN’T THERE! :oo i ddnt no wat to do so i ran as fast as i could to the door but “oh ****!” it wouldn’t bugde. i was locked inside…………Good thing i saw a window but it was really high up and im really scared of heights so i just went for it. I MEAN I DDNT WANT TO STAY IN A HAUNTED RESTURAUNT ALL NIGHT ALL BY MYSELF! i climbed on the window sill….. “1…….2…..AAGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i fell. SOME FORCE OR SOMETHING HAD PUSHED ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! i closed my eyes as i fell the next thing you know, i was back in the dining room. :OOO I COULDNT BELIEVE IT! now i was terrified. i tried the door again. no luck. I dnnt no wat to do. i almost got killed by a knife, and fell off a window sill.WHAT CUD HAPPEN NEXT??? im outta luck. i new i was gonna get killed.i tried the door again. IM OUT! but not yet. i had to get acrtoss the lawn. i ran as i cud. after i ran and ran all the way to my house. “SAFE!”

miguel says:

September 21, 2010, 5:28 pm

its not a place to get scared. i have gone there and in the restroom i heard screaming the night i took a tour and we saw the ghost who haunted the place in the dining area table and chairs have moved 10 minutes after i was in there i ran out of the place and the doors had closed we were stuck till the next day

Rosanne says:

October 3, 2010, 12:42 am

Story os very true my grate grandmother and grandma are from La Mesilla and the restaurant is haunted don’t believe check it out yourself :)

Killian says:

October 15, 2010, 12:19 am

Along with two business acquaintances, I had dinner and drinks at the Double Eagle one dark night late in 1974 when Robert O. Anderson still owned the restaurant. The bartender told tales of golden ceilings, rebuilt iron gates, breaking dishes, flying flatware, and a brave young man who died in the hacienda after being shot by Maximilian’s soldiers in the plaza. Not satisfied with one ghost, the barman went on to tell us of an apparently imported apparition representing a deceased English nobleman. Ghost number two came along with two elegantly upholstered antique chairs that were purchased for the first restaurant remodel in the early 1970’s. This wandering spirit only showed his upper half, hence the chairs showed wear only on the backs, not the seats. But hold on, there’s more. We were also regaled with a tale of star-crossed lovers, and that appears to be the more recent owner’s tale of choice. Three ghosts, one restaurant…such largess!

Paul Julian Gould says:

November 8, 2010, 12:10 am

It is not BS — My fiancee and I had lunch there this afternoon, and sensed someone there – we walked into one of the rooms, and there was a rush up both of our faces and a presence in the room. I sensed no anger, but rather good humor. Armando is there, and is rather a gentle soul, and a gentleman. He greeted me, and flirted with my fiancee.

After lunch, and as we walked past the Carlotta room, I tipped my hat, and the rush returned — Armando wished us well, and I look forward to his company again. He is a true gentleman of the old school, and a pretty nice guy. FWIW, neither of us are “spring chickens,” both in our mid-50’s, and, while we are both sensitive to presences, we are also healthy skeptics… this was a lovely end to a lovely weekend.

Ashlen says:

December 28, 2010, 1:50 am

The comments on this story are even more ridiculous than the story itself. Let’s get the preteens off of here.

Rene G. Cardones says:

April 13, 2011, 9:52 am

Romeo and Juliet of the afterlife , written by the ghost of William Shakespeare. It does seem that the two lovers are having a good time in the afterlife. Good for them! They should be allowed to stay.

Diane says:

January 17, 2017, 3:36 pm

Did research on this location myself and to date I haven’t found anything on the two lovers no photos no nothing but this location was once a Military Hospital During Civil war so you have to understand many have died their so I’m guessing the spirits are from when that happened. it was first built as a two room building built in 1849,other things it was Governors headquarters, and was a residence until the 1950’s; then it was abandoned and even used as a cotton warehouse until restoration in the 70’s and 80’s. Always, always do your research.

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