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In this land chichimecas, huachichiles, copuces, guaxabanes and pames lived. Then came the Spaniards and their endless efforts to conquer.
In 1576 the first foundation was built in the northeast of Guanajuato, in charge of the Jesuit missionaries, and that's how the story began, when Palmar de Vega was born, later called Mineral de Pozos.
Great were the times of jubilation when several mineral deposits were discovered, when people began to arrive, enraptured by so much wealth.
They were mines of gold, silver, mercury, copper and several other metals, a shining bliss. But the independence revolts made a dent in the progress of Mineral de Pozos. Then there was decadence during the Porfiriato and, in 1926, the Cristero movement, in addition to the great international depression. Everyone left and so began a story about a "ghost" and "abandoned" people.
In the present, you will find out why those adjectives are not used to describe the people. It crosses the area where it rises, distinguished, the Parish of San Pedro of the eighteenth century and, beyond, flourishing and friendly, the Juarez Garden, its square and its kiosk as a sign of life and tradition that survives.
Around, the old mansions now restored, some of them converted into hotels, galleries and craft shops and jewelry design. And, in a moment, imagine everyone becoming miners and merchants, parishioners seeking shelter in the Chapel of San Antonio de Padua that, although unfinished, keeps a bit of mystery.
Further on, the Chapel of Mercy, much older and, not many steps away, the route of the ruins of the Antiguo Abasto, where today shows of music and dance. Continue your way until you reach the Santa Brígida Mine, where the three fools of the old foundry are proud, which once gave luster to this territory.
The still life environment will give you stamps of the Old Model School, of the dry aqueduct once revitalizing the area and, following the trail of the dirt road, the vestiges of the mine, in whose frame the panorama shines with the adustos hills and valleys who watch it.
Mineral de Pozos is more than a white and ghostly town, it is a haven of winds and dust that overflows to continue breathing, to the extent that many who inhabit it or have inhabited it firmly believe that this town, its people, like the bird phoenix, has been reborn full of his ashes.
What to Visit?
- Juarez Garden.
- Saint Peter Parish Built in the eighteenth century, it features some beautiful fresco3s from that time.
- Capilla del Señor de la Misericordia This is the oldest church in Pozos.
- Art Galleries. There you can find sculpture, painting, photography pieces, as well as antiquities and mineral rocks
- Mines They are the reason of the existence of this Magic Town in the middle of these arid lands. You will find especially interesting the mines of Santa Brigida, San Rafael and the mine of Cinco Señores (Five Gentlemen).
What to do?
- Easter Week It takes place in March or April. This is one of the most important religious festivities in Pozos. Its representation of the Passion of Christ is especially interesting.
- Mariachi Festival It takes place in May. This festival brings together the best mariachi groups from Mexico.
- Blues and Toltec Culture Festival It takes place in July. This festival mixes pre-Hispanic cultural expressions with… blues music!
- Beef steak with cucumbers. Served with peanut sauce with chipotle chili.
- Chocolate ice cream. Served with coffee liquor.
- Tlacoyos. Thick corn tortillas with oval and extended form that are mixed with beans or broad beans in its dough, and they are served with hot sauce, onions and beef on top of them.
- Escamoles. This pre-Hispanic dish is made with ant eggs, so delicious, that they are known as the Mexican caviar!
What to Know?
- This village was originally inhabited by Chichimeca people.
- Pozos was abandoned twice –during the Independence War of the nineteenth century, and also during the Cristera or Religious War in the 1920s.
- Pre-Hispanic musical instruments
- Masks and handicrafts of carved wood
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