The last stop of El Chepe, the Copper Canyon Railway or the first one if you are just embarking on your your tour of the Canyons. Lots to see her in Chihuahua, lots of Mexican Revolutionary History, many museums and historic homes to visit. Don’t miss the Cathedral, it lights up in the evenings, stop by on your way to some great night life.
The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It has a population of about 825,327. The predominant activity is industry, including domestic heavy, light industries, consumer goods production, and to a smaller extent maquiladoras.
The city was more involved during the Mexican Revolution (1910–1917), for it became at times the operations base for the División del Norte, the army led by Pancho Villa. Many sites and memories remain of the Revolutionary era; the most important of these is the Historical Museum of the Mexican Revolution at Villa’s former estate house near downtown Chihuahua. La Quinta Luz was turned into a museum by his widow, Sra. María Luz Corral de Villa, and is now managed by the federal government.
The home was used as the couple’s residence and also general barracks for the revolutionary acts he lead. Without a doubt, magnificent events of great importance happened at this property that paved the way for the achievements he won on his revolutionary fights. Francisco Villa died murdered in an ambush while driving his car in 1923.
Successful mine owner Don Manuel Quinta Gameros built an epic house in 1907 as his private residence. This gorgeous mansion is an exact replica of a posh Parisian home. It was a belle epoque showcase and an ostentatious display of wealth at the time. In 1910 the Mexican Revolution began when revolutionaries like Pancho Villa developed a group of followers to try and take down those of upper class land barons like the Gameros. The home now serves as a museum and a school which is part of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua Campus.
During the 20th century, the city grew in population and learned to take advantage of its proximity with the U.S. border. Until the establishment of foreign manufacturing plants in the 1970s, the city was largely a trade post for cattle and agricultural products. During the 1990s the city grew dramatically economically, becoming the third wealthiest municipality (per capita) in the republic, after Benito Juárez borough of the Federal District (Mexico City), and San Pedro Garza García in Nuevo León.
In 2002, Mayor Jorge Barousse Moreno from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) died and was succeeded by Alejandro Cano Ricaud. During Cano’s administration, the city experienced dramatic growth in the security sector when the Police Department was certified by the ISO and surveillance aircraft bought.
Between 2002 and 2005, the city experimented with the introduction of certain new commercial innovations, like the first large mall in the city, Plaza del Sol, and the rise of the commercial Zone of the Sun, all along the Périferico de la Juventud, one of the main thoroughfares in the city.
The City of Chihuahua is fast pace modern city with international fights and great transportation to anywhere else in the country of Mexico.