Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hidalgo Part 3/6. Mina La Dificultad in Mineral del Monte

Mineral del Monte in the state of Hidalgo, is one of many little towns denominated Pueblos Mágicos (Magical towns) in Mexico. Like many others it was a mining town. This is Mina La Dificultad (Mine The Difficulty). Water was always a big problem for the mines in this area. Water needed to be pumped out of the mine to keep extracting the minerals. This particular mine got its name because it was very difficult to bring a water pump from Germany. It took a year to transport the pump by land from the port of Veracruz in the Golf of Mexico to Mineral del Monte at 8,900 ft high in the mountains. It took a lot of money, time and effort to run the mine under the English administration after they took it from the Spanish in the mid 1800's. They sold the mine to Americans after 25 years and left with a loss. The best part of this mine is the fancy chimney. It is octagonal, made of brick with a typical English architecture and it is well preserved. It is an interesting  place. I had fun visiting it and sketching a place which shows part of the industrial revolution here in Mexico. Click here for Part 4.

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