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Guanajuato Facts and Figures

 

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 29, 2024

 

 Guanajuato ranks 58th among states and provinces with markers in this database. The Free and Sovereign State of Guanajuato is a state in Mexico located in the Central Highlands. Guanajuato is some 49 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 6.2 million people. The state is divided into 46 municipalities and 38 of them have entries in this database. In Guanajuato we have discovered historical markers in 52 cities and towns lying in 60 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 362 historical markers in Guanajuato, by our count. We have cataloged 362 historical markers and 95 war memorials—each individually presented on 401 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Guanajuato marker in the database, The Hidalgo House and Museum, was added October 2, 2016. It was photographed in Dolores Hidalgo. The last one added was submitted on March 22, 2023, and titled Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. It is in San Miguel de Allende. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Guanajuato was erected in 1823. It was this one: Independence Column of Celaya, and one of our correspondents found it in Celaya on November 1, 2017.

Guanajuato Historical Topics
181 • Colonial Era
136 • Churches and Religion
127 • Man-Made Features
124 • Non-US Wars
69 • Patriots and Patriotism
45 • Charity and Public Work
44 • Native Americans
41 • Arts, Letters, Music
34 • Settlements and Settlers
34 • Architecture
    ... and others ...

Guanajuatenses don’t want to forget their Colonial Era history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Guanajuato about Colonial Era—181 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Churches and Religion with 136 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Colonial Era topic was The Parish of Atotonilco and Miguel Hidalgo, added October 4, 2016. It had been erected in 2011 in Atotonilco in San Miguel de Allende. The last one submitted also was submitted on March 22, 2023, and titled Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. It had been erected in San Miguel de Allende. The earliest marker erected with the Colonial Era topic that we have listed was erected in 1848. It is Allende Fountain, found in San Miguel de Allende on November 29, 2016.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Guanajuato? What we know is that Ex-Hacienda El Triángulo is the most viewed entry in the database from Guanajuato since it was added in 2018. It is located in Mineral de Pozos in San Luis de la Paz. This year so far, the most viewed Guanajuatan entry is located in Salvatierra. It is Old Factory “La Carolina y Reforma".

Municipalities, Cities and Towns

The Guanajuato municipality with the most historical markers listed in this database is San Miguel de Allende, with 77 of them. It is followed by Guanajuato with 68 markers.

Historical Markers in These
Guanajuato Municipalities
77 • San Miguel de Allende
68 • Guanajuato
28 • Dolores Hidalgo
22 • Silao
20 • Yuriria
18 • Salamanca
18 • Salvatierra
14 • Victoria
12 • Celaya
12 • León
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Guanajuato with the most markers we again find San Miguel de Allende at the top of the list with 73 markers in or near it. And the independent city of Guanajuato also shows up again in next place, with 67 markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s 36000 at the top of the list with 68 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code 37700 with 59 markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Guanajuato Cities and Towns
73 • San Miguel de Allende
67 • Guanajuato
27 • Dolores Hidalgo
21 • Silao
20 • Yuriria
16 • Salvatierra
15 • Salamanca
12 • Celaya
11 • León
10 • Mineral de Pozos
    ... and others ...

Getting back to San Miguel de Allende, the first marker added to the database from there, The Parish of Atotonilco and Miguel Hidalgo, was added October 4, 2016, and was also the first one submitted in all of Guanajuato. It was erected in 2011 in Atotonilco. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of Guanajuato—was uploaded on March 22, 2023, and is titled Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. The earliest marker erected in San Miguel de Allende that we have listed was erected in 1848. It was Allende Fountain on November 29, 2016.

Latest entry from Guanajuato. Click to go there
By J. Makali Bruton, December 10, 2022
Latest Entry from Guanajuato
“Temple of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Guanajuato. The first: Diego Rivera House, was added December 11, 2016. The last: The Prussian Consulate added on June 15, 2022. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1891: Celedonio Doméco de Jarauta, added on June 28, 2017.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

Gobierno de Guanajuato is currently in charge of official historical markers found all over the state. We have five of their markers in the database. Also, a number of municipalities have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Guanajuato. Click to go there
By J. Makali Bruton, January 28, 2018
A Gobierno de Guanajuato Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Guanajuato have been marked with history. Check out Dr. Mora, Apaseo el Grande and Abasolo. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Guanajuato might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 29, 2024