Different Faces of the City Entrances

By Jesús Aguado

The former train station offers a new façade to visitors who arrive in the city via the new road to Guanajuato. There is now an open public plaza, where street vendors are allowed to offer their products every weekend. These items go from clothing to food and plants. At the former lobby of the station stands a store where 30 local artisans offer their products to those who arrive or leave San Miguel.

A 15-year-bailment (temporary placement of control over, or possession of personal property by one person into the hands of another for a designated purpose upon which the parties have agreed) was signed by the administration headed by Luz María Núñez Flores and Kansas City Southern Mexico. The space now offers not just space for parking, but an exhibition center as well with the photo exhibit Latidos de mi tierra (Throbbing of My Earth), which was inaugurated there on Wednesday, November 29. The collection shows photographs in large format with some of the most outstanding buildings and elements of the culture of San Miguel. It will be open until January 30, Monday through Sunday, from 10am to 6pm.

According to Mayor Villarreal, what was previously an unpaved parking lot for the eighteen wheelers of La Esmeralda is now a place for sanmiguelenses and visitors. This was made possible with an investment of 20 million pesos—4 million of which were collected by the residents of the area. Paseo de los Conspiradores was repaved last year, and since its opening, it has displayed art expositions. Now, it features el Gigante (the giant), a sculpture by José Luis Cuevas—purchased by the local government. Alfabeto Primitivo (primitive alphabet) is also on display.

Those who arrived at the old train station in San Miguel de Allende, like Felipe Cossío del Pomar at in the beginning of the 1900s, described the place as a devastated station. It was surrounded by corrals made of stone and agave. A tram, pulled by mules, took the locals and visitors to the Historic Center. The station operated for more than 100 years until 1990 when the federal government privatized the railroads. Kansas Southern México got some lines, including the one in San Miguel.



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