Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Hidalgo del Parral

Parral is a bustling medium size city of 1000,00 plus inhabitants. According to legend, Juan Rangel de Biezma came here in 1629, picked up a rock on the Cerro la Prieta, licked it and proclaimed "There is a mineral deposit here." This deposit produced silver for 345 years. It was declared "Capital of the World of Silver" by monarch Philip IV of Spain.

The gang checking out the beautiful clock that is several hours off.

Aron wants to play.

I have seen these before. Some kind of drive to raise money for cancer by putting your bottle caps in the heart. It is also an excellent way to get people not to drop their bottle caps on the ground.

We took a trolly ride around town.

Mona translated Roberto's narration for us gringos 

Pancho Villa, a revolutionary hero was assassinated in Parral on July 20, 1923

Had some great tocos at Taco Che

The man, the legend

An even larger statue of Pancho Villa. The plan is to place the statue on the concrete platform in the background. That is if a couple of government bodies can come to agreement.

Town square and church

The old silver mine that finally ceased operation in 1974. A Canadian company, GoGold, determined that there are  35 million ounces of silver in the mine tailing.  They began extracting this silver using modern techniques in 2015.

We hiked up the hill for a mine tour.

Very large electric motors lined up along the building

Kevin heading into the mine

The elevator holds four

Some old tools dissolving into the rock

The silver is oxidized black

There are 25 levels in the mine. Some of the tunnels extend out under the town. We are on level 2. 

How the indigenous Indians worked the mine, but not by choice.

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