lunes, 16 de junio de 2008

The deep canyons, Batopilas, Chihuahua

If you want a history rich, middle of nowhere mining town, Batopilas is it, established by Spanish conquistadors in 1632 as a center for silver mining on the region, eventually more than 350 claims where made, became famous after former Washington, DC governor Alexander Robey Shepard arrived in 1875 and bought the San Miguel Claim which helped Batopilas had some strange records like the first city in Latin America with hydroelectric power and local telephone (It took until 1995 to have outside telephone service), Abandoned mansions tell of the region bonanza, now only about 2,000 people live in its surroundings.

For a great history of this riverside town please check Batopilas page at Mexico Horse

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