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  • The Execution of Miguel Hidalgo
    The Execution of Miguel Hidalgo
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    On the Way to Chihuahua
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Chihuahua Things to Do

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    Plaza de la Constituci��n and the Cathedral 4 more images

    by gdilieto Updated Oct 14, 2008

    Main Chihuahua's sights are clustered in the City Center scattered in a few-block area. With all due respect, there isn't much to be impressed with about the tourist sites and the same city center - an unbalanced blend of colonial buildings, modern constructions, small streets and wide avenues - is not too pleasant to walk around, but anyway you can spend a couple of hours walking around and going through some of the key moments of Mexican National history.

    The heart of the City Center is Plaza de la Constitución with the Colonial Cathedral with the baroque façade; in the day-hours it is lively and crowded with street vendors and passers-by. A couple of blocks off the Square, reached by an unattractive walking avenue with retail shops and US-chain eateries, is the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the place where Father Miguel Hidalgo was executed during the Mexican War of Independence; other than for its historical relevance, it is worth visiting for the murals in the inner court. If you are into history you may also stop by the Palacio Federal, today the main Post Office, right across the street, where at the lower level you can visit the cell were Father Hidalgo was held prisoner; do not expect much from the visit, you'll find just a reconstruction of the cell along with few objects that supposedly belonged to the man. On the other side of the street the white church in a large square is the Iglesia de San Francisco, the place where Hidalgo's body was buried; I did not visit it the inside but the all-white building makes a nice color contrast with the brown hills and the blue sky. If you still have time to spare you can some few more blocks an get to the University's cultural center Quinta Gameros, an art nouveau mansion housing the Regional Museum. I did not visit (closed on Mondays) the Museo de la Revolución, dedicated to the hero of Mexican Revolution Pancho Villa that supposedly is another attraction worth visiting; you can check it out.

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    by kathymof Updated Sep 1, 2008

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    This is a relatively new park that was built on an area that was cleared and the people moved to newer neighborhoods. Apparently this had been a high crime area that was very hard to control and moving the families and tearing down the "slum" solved the problem. There is a bandstand that is shaped like a pigeon coop, a statue of Anthony Quinn (a native son of Chihuahua) doing his famous "Zorba the Greek" dance and a statue of a bull that commemorates the cattle industry in Chihuahua.

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    by kathymof Updated Jan 31, 2008

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    General Francisco "Pancho" Villa is the most famous hero of the Revolution of 1910. He was quite the ladies man and married several times (one rumor is 23 times!) and never with the aid of a divorce. He was assassinated in 1923 and several of his wives claimed his estate. This created quite a mess that had to be cleared up and the Mexican govenment finally declared that Luz Corral de Villa was his legal heir. His mansion was named for her (Quinta Luz) and was also used for his primary guard during the revolution. The villa is run and maintained by the Mexican military and is used as a museum. One of the interesting items on display is the car he was driving when he was assassinated - you can see the bullet holes in it. The tile floors in the music room are magnificent.

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Chihuahua Transportation

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    by cbeaujean Written Oct 26, 2002

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    a must...
    terminus of the "chihuahua al pacifico" line .
    you take it at the station "chihuahua al pacifico",avenida ocampo,2km SW of plaza de armas...
    it leaves daily at 7am,but the show really beguins after half a way....
    more info and travelogue:SEE my LOS MOCHIS page...

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Chihuahua Local Customs

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    by kathymof Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    We got a kick out of how the vendors would display ladies denim pants - they were on these mannequins where some were wearing "invisible" high heeled shoes. The denims were impossibly tight. We kept seeing this type of display and just found it funny. Decorated rear pockets seemed to be the rage. I just think they make your bum look larger!

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    by kathymof Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    A traditional food is Nopalitos - the pads of Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia sp.) that are prepared by removing the spines and then steaming. They are actually quite good and are probably available in a can or jar in the Mexican food section of your grocery store - and maybe even fresh if you are lucky. They are a very common ingredient in meals usually served as a side dish. They taste a lot like string beans.

    The attached photos are of a vegetable vendor in the old city market. He was nice enough to demonstrate to us how to prepare a cactus pad without skewering ourselves.

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