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San Miguel Has a New Plaza

Estación

Estación del Ferrocarril

Plaza La Estación

By Jesús Aguado

San Miguel’s newest plaza, Plaza la Estación, features an art and crafts store, an exhibition center, a restaurant, and a train museum.

People like Felipe Cossío del Pomar, who arrived at that train station during the past century, described it as “an inhospitable train station” surrounded by farmyards and maguey plants. A cart pulled by mules transported locals and visitors to the city’s Historic Center.

The train station stayed open for more than 100 years, until the mid-1990s, when the federal government privatized the railroads. Kansas City Southern Mexico purchased some of the lines, including those crossing San Miguel de Allende.

In 2010, then Mayor Luz María Núñez began the procedures with Kansas City to get a contract to use the abandoned building. Restoration of the building started on February 7, 2012, with an investment of 12 million pesos; however it was not finished, and for the next three years, the space remained abandoned. The esplanade was not renovated because, according to official versions, nothing could be done until the person who owned a small part of the esplanade could be found.

On October 10, 2015, the local administration, headed by Mayor Ricardo started working on the project again. Townspeople collected and donated four million pesos and completed the new plaza, which was inaugurated on Sunday, September 3.

The arts and crafts store features 22 local producers and 13 from other municipalities.

The hop on-hop off tourist transportation service will include Plaza la Estación as a stop every frequency 30 minutes beginning on September 12.

 

 

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