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Travel Blogs from Batopilas
... assured it was around $600 for the second class ticket...however when the conductor arrived he informed me it was in fact $800 odd. I emptied out the contents of my purse into the palm of my hand and showed him my meagre offerings. I was over $150 short..
"But I'll be leaving you with no money!" he said, totally aghast
"I'll give you a discount"
A 25% teacher's discount later I had my ticket and even a little money left in my pocket to buy a snack to see me through the ...
... made out being Pantalon (presumably some kind of reference to me still wearing shorts in a monsoon…I still don’t think I’ve seen a Mexican wearing shorts yet – they need to sort that out, but seeing as most people are proudly rocking broom moustaches, they might catch on in about 80 years).
Anyway, this was one of about six guys that were still inside the small hut. They tried offering me all kinds of stuff, to which a firm no was given to all ...
... the growth and decline of this hacienda.
The Batopilas Mining Company, directed by the famous Silver Magnate, Alexander R. Shepherd, maximized the reduction of the metals through the use of advanced technology. He restructured and created an appropriate infrastructure, which met the requirements to carry out his objectives. Don Jose Rivolta, in the mid-18th century, as a good captain of war and Alcalde Mayor, had conceived the necessity of improving the structure ...
... years later, a group of Spanish explorers discovered shiny white silver in the
Batopilas River. The King of Spain was impressed by the pureness of the silver and as a result of the news, sent miners to Batopilas.
In 1709, the village was established on the banks of the river, and mining began. Little is known about life in Batopilas in those early years as fires, in 1740 and 1845, destroyed many of the local records. ...
... church remains with its one finished bell tower. It is estimated to have been built between 1760 and 1764.
It looks like an attempt has been made to restore the church with stucco but the original building was built entirely of fired brick and mortar. Bricks were molded, dried and fired on site while calspar taken from the silver mines was burned with river sand to make a durable limestone and sand mortar.
Pedro found someone to open ...