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A golden part of Mexico

On our road trips around Estado de Mexico we visited another small town in the north –
El Oro. Today not much bigger than a village, but with a rich history.

Just a few decades after its founding in the late 18th century El Oro grew at an impressive rate due to a gold rush. With miners, and all the services and pleasures needed with them, people from all over the world settled here. Mostly English mining companies, but there were also French, Chinese, Norwegian and many more languages spoken on the sloping streets.
Unfortunately we went here on a Sunday, being on vacation you don’t think of what day of the week it is, and the mining museum was closed. The history from the first settler to the peak in the 19th century is said to be well documented and it would have been interesting to see.

Also the magnificent city hall was closed. With the cosmopolitan aura and European influences at the time it is built in the by then popular French architecture style.
Luckily the theater, Teatro Juaréz, was open for visitors. Built in the same way with a French neoclassic facade and an interior leaning towards art nouveau with golden ornaments

Not much have changed from the theaters glory days and you feel history waving when walking among the red dressed chairs. Take a seat on a balcony with closed eyes and you can almost hear the callings for the stars who have enter the scene throughout the ages.
Leaving the theater we were thrown back to the 21st century by the rain which caught up with us again.

Or next stop were the train station, also this were closed Sundays, kept in the original construction it looks like it did when it was built in the end of the 19th century.
In front of the station rest an old train car, today remodelled to a restaurant. Luckily this was open and we got something to eat, coffee and shelter from the rain.

The restaurant is decorated as a small museum, with photos from the golden era everywhere. Old train tickets and pieces of minig equipment is spread out on the walls and between the tables.
When the rain calmed down we went for a walk in the surroundings seeing traces of mining everywhere, 100 years after the mines were tapped out and closed.

Once again the rain cut or trip short. Going back home we leave a golden part of Mexico behind us, a beautiful town now turning to tourism as a mean to survive.

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