MAZATLAN is an old seaport and now a resort town on the north west coast of Mexico.Above- In 1852 it looked like this.
Below around the late 1800’s in the Porfeirio Diaz period when a great amount of wealth was concentrated here.
Luckily many of the fine old houses of that period survive in the old town which one can see on this photo.
The city was founded in 1531 by the Spaniards. By the mid-19th century a large group of immigrants arrived from Germany. These new citizens developed Mazatlán into a thriving commercial seaport, importing equipment for the nearby gold and silver mines. The German settlers also influenced the local music called banda which is an alteration of Bavarian folk music. The settlers also established the Pacifico Brewery in 1900.
Above and below–Catedral Basílica de la Inmaculada Concepción.
Begun in 1856 was halted a year later and was completed in 1899.
In the forties and fifties Mazatlán was visited by film stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, John Huston, and others of their generation as a sportfishing mecca. In the 1970’s tourism in Old Mazatlán declined as newer tourist hotels on the expanses of beach to the north of the city -“Zona Dorada” were developed.
Below– the sweep of the bay with miles of new development northwards.
Recently the Centro Histórico has been rediscovered by newcomers and locals alike, spurring a renaissance of restoration. Once-fine homes that had fallen into literal ruin were restored to their former glory as family homes and boutique businesses.
Below an example of many old mansions awaiting refurbishment.
Below side by side an abandoned mansion opposite a reconstructed one.
Above and below– The Angela Peralta Theatre
Below-Elegant colonnaded windows and doors make a rhythm to the street.
Above– Ken Kesey spent a little time hiding out in Mazatlan in 1966 at a hotel on the plaza.
He wrote a pretend disappearance suicide poem before he left for Mexico ..”The sea the sea the final reward”
Below elegant old buildings surround the plaza which comes to life at night with outside restaurants and vendors and music.
Below- the opera singer Angela Peralta herself sang from this balcony.
These paintings below are all by a local artist of what the town looked like in it’s heyday around the late 1800’s
Thankfully large parts of this are still intact.
Below- The Plaza at night awaiting the dinner guests -who in Mexico do not arrive until after nine !
Above-Rooftop of the old convent in Tlaquepaque in Guadalahara.
Below-kids on the walking street in Tlaquepaque.
Below- The Millenium sculpture in the middle of a giant traffic roundabout in Guadalajara
Above and below-Mariachi musicians on a street corner in Morelia the capital of Michoucan.
Above– A performer makes his way across the plaza to perform The Dance of The Old Men.
Below-The same dance from a Folklorico event here this past winter.