The commercial center of Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, the Alameda, was laid out in 1769 and it has been busy ever since, some decades more than others. Today, it is bustling with activity. The bus station is the transportation hub for surrounding towns and ranches. The Alameda, is the center of activity, bars, offices, shops, gas station and nearby markets ... This is Mexico working, traveling and playing. Boom boxes serenade food carts and shoe shines.
Photography, edited and produced by Anders Tomlinson. Additional photos by Gary Ruble. Music is "Vientos Sonorenses" (Antonio Saavedradorame and Samuel Delatorre Dorame) - Antonio and Samuel both added to this beautiful melody titled "the Winds of Sonora". It was arranged for the classical guitar by Samuel on his 2013 CD - "Memorias de Alamos, Sonora."
These images were shot in 1996. The Alameda is different now. Hurricane Norbert, on October 12, 2008, flooded the Alameda and took out the giant cottonwood shade trees. It remains the commercial center as it has for hundreds of years. After watching this video a friend in Alamos commented, “the Alameda renovation surprised everyone and really is beautiful. The new trees are maturing, all flagstone walks, elimination of the two little ugly buildings at each end now with masonry and stone, etc., etc. Actually none of the charm disappeared in the process. The flood turned out to be a blessing for the Alameda. Some other areas not so, but the Alameda without the basketball court truly improved the village. A good architect, Felipe Almada, spent time making all of the changes and components work well with the existing gardens and gazebo."
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