by Bill and Dorothy Bell
Alamos is a silver colonial city located in the foothills of
the Sierra Madre Occidental in Sonora and a worthwhile visit for tourists on
their discovery of Mexico's history and culture.
You can make a good stop-over off Highway 15 as you travel
the coastal highway from Tucson on your journey towards Los Mochis and points
south. It is a good opportunity to visit one of the best examples of a colonial
city and gives you an opportunity to visit more than just beach destinations.
Walk the narrow cobblestone streets. Explore the cathedral
and market place. Soak in the significance of the history and charm of old
Mexico. Flowering balconies and secret inner courtyards are everywhere and
become a photographers delight.
┴lamos was a very important mining centre. Significant lodes
of silver were discovered in 1683 and the city grew and prospered with the new
found wealth. It became the wealthiest city in the area and a hub of social,
financial and cultural activities of the region.
The 17th century was boom times and
architects designed and built fabulous mansions and haciendas as the towns
population grew quickly to over 30,000. Times were good but relatively short
The mint closed in 1896 following the Mexico's
independence from Spain. The city's population started a hasty declined as many
inhabitants fled to other areas. The Mexican Revolution also contributed to the
city's demise as it was attacked and conquered in the late twenties. ┴lamos
became a ghost town./32284478
In the late 1940's American William Alcorn
purchased a dilapidated mansion, restored it to it's former glory and opened a
hotel. The attention brought further investment to the area and other haciendas
and tourist services were restored and developed.
Today tourists can visit the local museum off the zocalo and
enjoy the local cuisine of the region at nearby cafes and restaurants. Tours of
the grand mansions and haciendas are given daily and it is easy to find a
certified guide just off the square.
Accommodations are plentiful. RV Camping is good to with four
RV Parks offering a variety of settings and experiences.
Navajoa Trailer Park
de los └lamos
Polo Acosta RV Park
Drive Highway 15 South of the Border past Hermosillo, Guaymas and Ciudad
Obregon to Navojoa. Highway 15 goes through the middle of the city. At PEMEX
2134 make a turn east to Almos ( Highway Son 13) . It is a well signed
Drive approximately 53 KMs to the city. Be advised the streets are extremely