Sunday, November 23, 2008

Historical Slide Show of Manzanillo

History of Manzanillo in a Slide Show

These fotos are from the Manzanillo Historical Web Site which also has a number of pages of written history from Prehispanic, Spanish occupation to the modern day. Very interesting site but all in Spanish.

In 1825 the official “Port of Manzanillo” opened. As an important sea port, Manzanillo opened the first telegraph office on the Pacific coast in 1869. Manzanillo was raised to the status of a city in 1873, and by 1890 train service arrived and made coast to coast travel much more convenient. The train boosted the commercial importance of the port, as the only train/port link on the Pacific. The railroad to Colima City (the capital city) was completed in 1889. In 1908, the link to Guadalajara was completed and Manzanillo was named an official port of entry into Mexico. Manzanillo was the temporary capital of the state of Colima for one week in 1915, when Pancho Villa’s troops were threatening to capture the Colima City.

Manzanillo Historical Web Site

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Costaño Cafe in Las Brisas

I've always admired this little Cafe in the Las Brisas beach section of Manzanillo but have never gone in. Now that I'm building a little place up the coast I'm always looking for ideas. I seldom see many people in the place and when I asked the girls that worked there, they said it's more of an evening and weekend place and busier when the tourist are here. I'm seldom in Manzanillo in the evening unless I'm staying overnight. Anyway, nice Starbucks kind of place with decent coffee and sweet pastry.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Manzanillo boat harbor off the Malecon

Much of the Manzanillo fishing fleet moors off the Malecon close to downtown. There is also a fish market in the middle just off the street. You can now easily walk from downtown to the main harbor entrance where large ships enter and where Immigration is located. I've not tried the restaurant in the bottom foto but it must be perfect for watching harbor activities

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