Friday, April 13, 2007

Zacatecas the Road back to Torreon

Pancho Villa was here!

"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." Pancho Villa

We arrived in Zacatecas on Easter Sunday. Zacatecas was on the last day of Festival Cultural 2007 a grand event which brought many tourist like ourselves to the historical city. Zacatecas was founded in 1546 & the historical center of town still retains the charm & beauty which drew explorers & early settlers to the area. Zacatecas more currently has several monuments & historical markers commemorating a famous battle fought during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) In June 1914, the City of Zacatecas was taken by Pancho Villa and his Dorados in a battle known as La Toma de Zacatecas (The Taking of Zacatecas). The City of Zacatecas witnessed a large & bloody battle that took place in the fighting against General Victoriano Huerta. When the battle ended, some 7,000 soldiers lay dead. In addition 5000 civilians killed. While there are Fiestas and parties going on many days out of the year in Zacatecas they still remember the past & Pancho Villa is a lingering ghost!

"One fiesta was hardly ended when another began."
John L. Stephens, American writer and explorer, in his Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucat√°n (1841),


Lauren said...

wow, not the most flattering photo of me...i need to learn to take better pics!

Dee said...

You guys all need to trust the photographer:)