There are two ways to get to Hidalgo
del Parra from Chihuahua City. One is driving highway 45, south through Jimenez
with 191 miles. Two is driving through Saveto 152 miles on highway 16 west.
It is a mining, commercial and timber center. Its climate is dry with an
altitude of 5,643 feet.
The founding of the city was in 1631 after the discovery of the rich mines
of San Jose. Soon, a great number of Spaniards came to this land and
constituted a magnificent point to base the organization of religious
and arm expeditions further north. The New Vizcaya governors established
here from 1640 to 1713. President Benito Juarez also established here the
Republic's Capital during the French invassion in 1862.
PARRAL is the only city in the State of Chihuahua where you can find
colonial architecture. In front of the main plaza one will see the San
Jose temple, a beautiful quarry building. Near the cinema Alcazar still
shows the old time beauty. Beginning a walk from the Independence avenue,
there is the column that commemorates the Independence. Then there is the
Hidalgo Theater which for many years served as the communities cultural center.
The most notable religious architecture sample in the city is the temple dedicated
to Our Lady of El Rayo, which was constructed in the 17th Century.
The sculpture to the miner is a nice piece created by Asunsolo, it is located
on the junction of the Durango and Jimenez highways. Walking down the 20 of
November Avenue and Flores Magon, one will get to the San Nicolas temple,
which was built in the 17th Century. In its interiors, there is an important
exhibit of big oil paintings. On the Guillermo Baca square, there is the statue
dedicated to the illusions seeker. On the west side, there is the San Juan de
Dios Temple, it was constructed in the 17th Century. Steps ahead, there is the
house known as Villa del Grado, a French style construction that once belonged to
Pancho Villa and where he was taken right after his death.
The oldest and most outstanding civil construction in Parral is the Casa de
Alvarado, also known as the palace of Alvarado. Before the Guanajuato Bridge,
one will see the Greense house, which during many years served as a private school.
Before one gets to the Juarez Square, one will see an inclined tree, which roots
had lifted the walkway. This is the exact site where General Francisco Villa was
assassinated in July 1923. The Villa's Museum has a library, photographic and
While touring Parral you can count on all the necessary services to enjoy your
stay. There is an airport, bus depot, railroad station, etc.
JIMENEZ is located 141 miles south of Chihuahua City with an altitude
of 4,527 feet. Agricultural and mining center with a dry and hot climate.
In 1753, its first authorities where established. Visit the Public Square,
the Municipal Palace, and the 19th Century Church. Surrounding the city,
there is the Florido River ideal for picnics. A little over 9 miles, the
hot springs from Ojo de Dolores offer installations for bathing.
VALLE DE ALLENDE is located 178 miles south of Chihuahua City.
This picturesque old village was founded in 1570. It is a true Oasis.
Still being a small town, it has agricultural, cattle, and fruit production
center, but the abundance of vegetation and the river flowing through the
valley make out one of the most beautiful areas in the state.
SANTA BARBARA is the oldest settlement in the State of Chihuahua.
Its rich mines allowed the Spanish Conquistadors to consolidate in this
territory. It was found by Francisco de Ibarra in 1567, with the name of
Santa Barbola. It owns a unique atmosphere, a typical old mining town.