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Today we are going to Muse about the changing of Pozos.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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 Return to Mineral de Pozos

In 2011 I wrote about the lost mines of Pozos.   Near San Miguel de Allende where we often spend time in the summer is Mineral de Pozos, an old mining town.  It is about thirty miles away.

When we last visited Pozos there were blocks and blocks of abandoned buildings.  The mines had long ago closed and a town that once had several thousand residents was down to a few hundred.  So it was not really a “ghost town”, but it was pretty close.

Pozos side street

Pozos side street

The buildings were in poor repair and people were scarce.

The main attraction to the area was one hotel that was charming and the abandoned silver mines outside of town.

Hacienda

Hacienda

Chemical vats

Chemical vats

The mines had complete ore working facilities.  The ore was mined, smelted and cast in these large factory-complexes called haciendas.

There were about 60 of these abandoned haciendas in the mountains nearby.

Hacienda in the distance

Hacienda in the distance

When the Great Depression of the 30’s took hold, the mines closed.  Soon the mine owners removed the equipment and machinery.  The haciendas sat idle and abandoned and over time people stripped them of anything of value.  Now they are these large ruins that attract tourist interest.

So, when I first wrote about Pozos it didn’t have much going for it.

Well . . . we went back again this last summer and were stunned by the change.  It has reinvented itself as an artist colony.

Pozos streets in good repair

Pozos streets in good repair

The streets were well maintained and the buildings were for the most part occupied and in good repair.  People were going about.

Pozos street corner

Pozos street corner

My favorite lady was enjoying herself.

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Happy visitor

The town plaza was bustling with vendors and tourists.

Pozos plaza

Pozos plaza

Pozos sidewalk cafes

Pozos sidewalk cafe

We read a lot about crime and violence in Mexico.  I am certain it is there but I have never seen it.  Instead I see a country with an expanding middle class.  Where we have been, it is a happy country.

So when you are thinking of travel give the old colonial cities in the mountains of Mexico a consideration,  cities like Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.  They offer hospitality and history and a richness not to be found in the beach resorts that cater only to tourists.

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About Thomas L. Tribby

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