The Lonely Haciendas of Mexico
Although not obvious to the unschooled eye, the haciendas of Mexico are everywhere in my part of Jalisco. Some are retained by the children of former owners who live in Guadalajara or farther away. The descendants of families who have tended these haciendas for hundreds of years still reside there with no money for maintenance and owners who forget their pay for months or even years at a time. This, although sad for them, is fortunate for those of us who wish to witness the ruins of times gone by, for a few hundred pesos is a godsend to them and wins us admittance to see these aging ghosts.
One of the haciendas depicted was purchased by a Canadian couple who donated it as a boy’s orphanage. Another is a former horse-raising hacienda with all its original furniture, drapes, tackle and games room, complete with a horse racing game. The hacienda in better repair was purchased by a Spanish company and is now a hotel.
All of these haciendas are within an hour’s drive from my home in San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico. Just one of the eight or so I’ve visited is still being used by the family to raise horses. Formerly it contained a sugar refinery and the tall tower still remains.
I’ve chosen to abide by the theme “Which Way” and to show windows, doors and pathways. Perhaps in the future I’ll show some of the interiors.
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