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El Oro de Hidalgo in Municipality of El Oro de Hidalgo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Old Railway Station

Esplendor Mazahua

 
 
Old Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2021
1. Old Railway Station Marker
Inscription.  

Antigua Estación de Ferrocarril
El territorio que actualmente ocupa el municipio de El Oro fue un asentamiento de predominancia mazahua. Por este territorio pasaba el camino que iba de Ciudad de México a Morelia durante la conquista, pero fue hasta el año de 1787 cuando se fundó como asentamiento colonial, como resultado del descubrimiento de vetas de oro y por la llegada de religiosos jesuitas, quienes se dedicaron a descubrir y explotar este metal precioso. Es así como desde entonces el poblado se denominó Real del Oro.

Gran parte de la fisonomía que actualmente luce El Oro, es el resultado del auge minero que vivió el poblado a principios de siglo XIX. Especificamente en 1825 a estas tierras llegaron los británicos para explotar sus minerales, siendo ellos quienes ejercieron una enorme influencia en el estilo arquitectónico que hasta ahora se aprecia en este encantador poblado.

La intensa actividad minera del siglo XIX hizo necesario el desarrollo de un medio de transporte eficiente para el traslado de gente y mercancías, por ello en 1860 la compañía Oro Maning construyó una línea de ferrocarril
Old Railway Station Marker English text image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2021
2. Old Railway Station Marker English text
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y su respectiva estación.

El edificio de la estación es una típica construcción europea de su tiempo, tiene un techo a cuatro aguas, el material usado para la edificación de los entrepisos fue madera y tablones, además de lámina y vigas de madera para el techo, Junto al inmueble hay un vagón de tren que funciona como restaurante y en el que se muestran fotografias de la época de auge del ferrocarril en El Oro.

English translation:
Old Railway Station
The land currently occupied by the municipality of El Oro was a settlement of mazahua predominance. By this territory the road from Mexico City to Morelia during the conquest passed, but it was until 1787 when it was founded as a colonial settlement as a result of the discovery of gold and the arrival of Jesuit priests, who dedicated themselves to discover and exploit this precious metal. This is why the town was called Real del Oro.

Much of the appearance currently shown by El Oro is the result of the mining boom the town lived in the early XIXth century. Specifically, in 1825 the British came to these lands to exploit their minerals, they were the ones that had an enormous influence on the architectural style that until now can be seen in this charming village.

The intense mining activities of the XIXth century made it necessary to develop efficient means for
Old Railway Station and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2021
3. Old Railway Station and Marker
Note the old railroad tracks left in the roadway.
transporting people and goods, so in 1860 the Maning Gold Company built a rail line and its respective station.

The station building is a typical European construction of the time, it has a hipped roof; the material used for the construction of the between floors was wooden planks, plus sheet and wooden beams for the ceiling. Next to the property there is a train car that works as a restaurant where photographs of the heyday of the El Oro railroad are displayed.
 
Erected by Gobierno del Estado de México.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1787.
 
Location. 19° 48.089′ N, 100° 7.953′ W. Marker is in El Oro de Hidalgo, Estado de Mexico, in Municipality of El Oro de Hidalgo. Marker is on Avenida Ferrocarril just west of Lic. Benito Juárez, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Oro de Hidalgo, Estado de Mexico 50600, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inauguration of the Railroad in El Oro (here, next to this marker); El Oro Historical Monuments Area (here, next to this marker); El Oro Mining and Railway (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Old Railway Station (a few steps from this marker);
The restaurant made from a railcar across from the Old Railway Station image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2021
4. The restaurant made from a railcar across from the Old Railway Station
Authorization of the Railroad in El Oro (within shouting distance of this marker); Murphy's Bullring (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); El Oro Mexico (about 180 meters away); Juarez Theater (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Oro de Hidalgo.
 
Old Railway Station rehabilitation tablet from 2020 image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2021
5. Old Railway Station rehabilitation tablet from 2020
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 22, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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