Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Mulege and Santa Rosalia
We were fortunate enough to have very light wind when we arrived at Mulege, so we spent the night and explored the town the following day. Mulege is a small town about 3 km up the Rio Santa Rosalia. The walk amongst the palms and along the river was a pleasant change from the cactus, rocks and deserts we've seen most everywhere else.
Santa Rosalia is a funny but quaint town. We are staying at the Marina Santa Rosalia, pictured the here is the marina office.
Santa Rosalia is a mining town. El Boleo, a French mining company began mining copper ore here in 1885. There are several historical buildings here. We visited the local museum and the Hotel Frances located amongst the homes where the French workers lived back in the 1800's. One of the most noteable sights here is the Iglesia Santa Barbara built in 1884 by Gustav Eiffel (as in The Eiffel Tower!) which was built of modular cast-iron plates and displayed at the Paris Exposition of 1889. The director of the El Boleo mining company purchased the church in Brussels and had it shipped here and reassembled. It's in remarkably great condition.