Mineral de Pozos

Our friend Kate was able to come to México from St. Louis for a week. While she was with us we made an overnight trip to Mineral de Pozos, a “ghost town” from the days of silver mining in the Baíjo region of México’s central highlands. In the 1700s, the population of Pozos is said to have been around 70,000. The War of Independence, starting in Delores Hidalgo and quickly spreading to San Miguel and through the region, marked the beginning of the end of mining in Pozos (and the Baíjo). By the 20th Century, the population dropped to 200 or so inhabitants, but in the recent decade has begun a slow recovery. About 3500 people live in or near Pozos.

Many of the buildings from the Colonial period have crumbled but not disappeared. Partial walls and columns remain throughout the town, lending substance to the description of Pozos as a “ghost town.”

This is the view from our AirB&B located around the corner from the central jardin:

The facade of these buildings remain intact, but behind them it’s all crumbling walls and rubble:

Across the street from our AirBnB stands the Cathedral of Santa Rosa:

Like many churches in México, well-kept and beautiful inside:

And complete with realistic iconography:

A few blocks up the street is this intersection. The building on the right with the “Se Vende” (for sale) sign is the more famous of the hotels in Pozos: Posada de las Minas.

The inner courtyard of the Posada de las Minas is a restful spot:

Reconstructed from the ruins of an old mansion by a brave (foolhardy?) expat couple, the hotel has eight rooms.

As well as stone courtyards (that’s our friend Kate holding up the arch):

And quiet spaces:

Pozos is known for the ruins of mines, and so you might ask “so where are those pictures?” Well, there had been heavy rains and the road up the hillside to the “hornos” (smelting ovens) looked treacherous so we deferred till next time. We’ll return before the rainy season.

A nicely written piece about Mineral de Pozos by John Scherber, the San Miguel author, can be found here.

~ by raysparrowe on December 16, 2017.

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